This extraordinary tree fern is not uncommon on the steep, wet slopes of Robinson Crusoe and Alejandro Selkirk Islands, the two main of the Juan Fernandez Islands in the Pacific ocean, far off the coast of Chile. In fact, one of the most popular images taken here by visitors is a panoramic view featuring these plants. With a thick, upright trunk to 2 m tall and an ascending crown of numerous stiff, deeply keeled leaves, it is easily mistaken for a cycad, perhaps a species of Encephalartos. Despite its ubiquity in the wild, it is remarkably rare in cultivation. Certainly a plant with enormous ornamental potential, it adapts well to garden conditions and does best in a bright spot with ample water. Cool, moderate climates in USDA zones 9 and 10 are best indicated for its cultivation.