A truly magnificent and stunning palm from central and eastern Cuba, where it grows in savanna and dry woodland at low elevations. It forms a very thick and sturdy, smooth, slightly ventricose, whitish gray trunk that can reach about 20 m (67 ft.) tall. It supports a dense crown of numerous very rigid, stiffly ascending leaves with a perfectly circular outline. It is best suited for the tropics or warm subtropics. Seeds are reasonably easy to germinate but young plants are slow growing and take many years to start forming a trunk. It's a good but long-term investment for sure.