This large palm is covered with spines and is best described as 'interesting'
although, especially from a distance, a well-grown tree certainly has
a very handsome appearance. The difficulties in growing it are as formidable
as its armament: the seeds are difficult to collect or to buy commercially.
When obtained they are very difficult to germinate, taking up to a year
or more to sprout. And when the plant eventually does grow, extremely
fast by the way, it is covered from head to foot with dangerous, dense,
black spines. Those who like a challenge will certainly enjoy growing
this palm. Our seed comes from brazilian populations and is very large.