Even though it has the reputation of being one of the easiest of the Basselinia to grow, this lovely palm is by no means commonly encountered even in enthusiasts collections. In its native home New Caledonia it is found only in one location in tropical rainforest in the northeast of the island between 300 and 500 m (1000 and 1600 ft.) elevation. Basselinia favieri forms a slender, smooth, brown trunk to about 10 m (33 ft.) tall that holds a fairly dense crown of 8 to 10 spreading, regularly pinnate, slightly keeled leaves on short stalks. The leafbases form a slender green or yellowish green crownshaft with a grayish tinge. The spectacular and rather large, spreading inflorescences hold numerous long flowering branches that are thickly covered in dense, felt-like, pale pinkish hairs.