Native to the Seychelles Islands, where it grows on steep slopes and ridges, sometimes to the exclusion of any other vegetation. It grows a very tall, slender, smooth trunk that can reach well over 30 m (115 ft.) in height. The whitish crownshaft carries a crown of most graceful, pinnate fronds. While seedlings and juveniles are formidably armed with yellowish spines, mature plants lose their nasty nature except for a single feature in the inflorescence: The flower stalk is hidden inside a curious, most fiercely armed bract that falls away to release the long drooping flowering branches when they are fully developed. Deckenia is essentially a palm for humid, tropical climates, but young plants also make very dainty looking and quick growing house plants.