This species is an absolutely stunning, but rarely cultivated, large
landscape or avenue palm for the tropics or subtropics, from the somewhat
dry coastal plains of Ecuador. It is probably the best and most elegant
in the genus, with a smooth, light grey trunk and a very large, rounded
crown of gracefully arching and self-cleaning leaves. The leaflets are
stiff and evenly spaced and the leaf appears flat, giving the leaf a most
beautiful shape. Coconut, eat your heart out!