Giant Rattan Palm
A very large and agressive climbing palm native to Thailand, Malaysia and eastern Indonesia, where it colonizes riverbanks, landslips, and forest edges in rainforests to 1500 m (4900 ft.). It produces a trunk as thick as a leg and to 50 m (160 ft.) long, formidably armed with golden brown spines and holding numerous very large leaves with whorled leaflets that are gray or white below. If you have large trees in your garden, plant this rattan and stand back. You can literally watch as it snakes up into the canopy. And should you get sick of it you can always cut it down (use an elephant to drag the cane out of the trees, like they do in Thailand!) and make your own rattan furniture.