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This palm is truly gigantic in all its parts! Its massive grey trunk reaches to 30 m (100 ft.) tall, and its enormous
crown, spanning approximately 8 m (27 ft.) in diameter, is formed by about 30 huge, dark green leaves that are 3 m
(10 ft.) in diameter, large enough to easily shelter more than ten people from the rain. The terminal inflorescence,
which is formed after 50 to 80 years of vegetative growth, holds the record of being the world's largest flowering
structure and produces literally millions of flowers and tens of thousands of seeds. It will ultimately end the life
of the tree once the fruit have matured. Its native range extends all over tropical Asia and down to northern Australia.
In cultivation, it does best in a hot, tropical climate and is one of the most breathtaking landscape trees available
for large parks and gardens.