A beautiful dwarf palm, widely distributed in Bolivia, Paraguay, northernmost Argentina and southern central Brazil where it grows in savanna on sandy soils to an altitude of 1000 m (3300 ft.), often forming dense stands. It forms a branching underground trunk that gives rise to a cluster of crowns with plumose fronds that are dark green above and silvery below. Due to its inland habitat it will resist more cold and drought than its popular cousin A. arenaria. It will do well in a warm temperate or tropical climate and can take moderate freezes. Despite being quite common in the wild, seeds are almost never offered.