This beautiful, rare palm, once known as Physokentia rosea, forms a slender trunk to about 8 m (27 ft.) tall, supported by a cone of thick stilt roots. The dark olive green to gray crownshaft holds a spreading crown of up to 10 slightly arching and lightly keeled, pinnate leaves with wide leaflets. The fruits are the size of small cherries and ripen from green over red to black. The seeds are heavily sculpted like those of Burretiokentia. Young plants usually have a dark reddish brown crownshaft and leaf stalks. It is native to wet montane forest on the Fijian islands of Viti Levu and Gau, mainly between 750 and 1250 m (2500 and 4100 ft.) but also as low as 300 m (1000 ft.). While apparently not in cultivation elsewhere, a few attempts at growing Physokentia petiolata have been made in Fiji. It does not seem to prefer lowland tropical conditions particularly, but would likely thrive at some altitude or perhaps in a warm temperate climate that does not experience excessive heat, cold or drought. Seeds are said to be slow to germinate, but that should not scare off the real enthusiast.