This is probably the easiest and most popular species from this rare
genus of New Caledonian Palms. On its native Island in the South West
Pacific it grows from seal level to the cloud forest up on the highest
peaks, making it suitable for warm temperate areas as well as the tropics.
It is a smallish, pinnate palm that comes in a multitude of forms and
exhibits many brillant colours, from the slender trunks, which can be
whitish, green, brown or black, the red, orange, yellowish or purplish
black crownshaft, to the dark red to black inflorescences. The leaves
can be very small, simple and bifid or well over 1m (3ft) long and pinnate
in various shapes.