A vigorous, large, clustering Rattan, widely distributed in lowland rainforests and secondary forests to 500 m (1600 ft.) from the Malay Peninsula to Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines. The slender stems are about 5 cm (2 in.) in diameter including the leaf sheaths and can reach a length of more than 50 m (170 ft.), with internodes of more than 1 m (3 ft.). The palm climbs into large trees with flagella, spiny, whip-like organs of the leaf sheath, that can be more than 7 m (23 ft.) long. The elegantly arching leaves hold numerous, broad, lax, regularly arranged leaflets to 40 cm (16 in.) long and do not have cirri. The long inflorescences produce bunches of greenish or yellowish white, scaly fruits. Calamus scipionum produces very durable stems of outstanding quality and is the source of the famed true Malacca canes, often called the king of canes because of their low weight, durability and beautiful, smooth, dark golden finish without steps, the result of this species very long internodes.