Clinostigma are doubtlessly some of the world's most graceful palms, and C. harlandii from cloud forests at 1000
m (3300 ft) on Vanuatu in the Southwest Pacific is no exception. It grows a tall, slender, smooth, waxy trunk, supported
by a cone of stilt roots, and topped by a long, dark green, waxy crownshaft
and an elegant crown of feathery, arching
leaves. It is an aggressively fast grower, does well in the humid tropical
or subtropical garden, and is one of the few in the genus
that will tolerate cooler temperatures (but no frost).