Big, fast growing tropical tree that is used in Asia to produce a crude
kind of sugar from the sap of the cut off inflorescenses. The trunk is
covered with old leafbases and fibres in the fashion of Trachycarpus fortunei,
but on a giant scale, and the long, pinnate leaves, are silvery on the
underside. Makes a very interesting potted plant when young, and an impressive,
large tree for the tropical garden when older.