One of the most stunning palms of New Caledonia, this medium-sized palm forms a slender, solitary trunk to about 9 m (30 ft.) tall, topped by a breathtaking, compact, swollen crownshaft that is thickly covered in dense bright silvery felt and holds a dense crown of eight nearly stalkless, ascending, somewhat arching and keeled leaves with wide, stiff leaflets. The large inflorescences are borne below the crownshaft and have numerous, drooping branchlets that hold small, round fruit. It is known only from low cloud forest on serpentine soils between 800 and 1000 m (2600 and 3300 ft.) on a few mountains in the southern half of New Caledonia. Only a handful of small plants exist in cultivation as ripe fruits have been nearly impossible to find. It will adapt to most warm temperate and tropical climates and do well under the same conditions as most New Caledonia palms.