This rare South American palm from the cloud forests of the Andes grows to elevations of 1600 m (5300 ft.), and is
unbelievably beautiful when viewed in its wet and steep mountain habitat.
In cultivation the seeds germinate quickly and subsequent growth is rather fast, producing a slender stem on short
stilt roots, a tall, green crownshaft, and few leaves with large, dark
green leaflets. It certainly benefits from humidity and can scarcely be overwatered if the drainage is good. It is
tolerant of cool conditions but does not like frost. A shady, protected position
in a mild tropical or subtropical
climate will suit it best. Older plants tolerate more exposure to sun and wind.