The true virtues of this dwarf Syagrus as an ornamental have not yet been fully
appreciated. Native to the Atlantic coast of central Brazil, where it grows in coastal forest on sandy soils, it produces
a short, slender trunk that carries a small, dense, upright crown of glossy
green feather leaves with stiff, very leathery
segments. In cultivation, it grows well in the warm temperate
or tropical garden, where it will withstand considerable coastal exposure,
or as an indoor palm that tolerates a lot of neglect and dry air. Plants start flowering when still young, and the
inch-long, coconut-like fruits considerably add to its charm.