While very rare in cultivation, this pretty, small Pinanga is a common palm of the undergrowth of rainforests on Borneo to around 800 m (2600 ft.). It produces a solitary or clustering, slender, blackish-brown stem to 2 m (7 ft.) tall, topped by a whitish crownshaft. The leaflets on mature palms are rather wide, of uneven width and have thinly drawn out "drip tips" while those on young plants, in stark contrast, are very narrow and willow-like. The reddish fruits are thin and spindle-shaped. In cultivation it does best in the tropics under an established canopy.