A beautiful small palm from the tiny Sainte-Marie Island off the coast of northeastern Madagascar where it grows in only one tiny and critically endangered area in the undergrowth of coastal forest on sandy soil. It produces thin, clustering stems to about 2.5 m (8 ft.) tall. The leaves are long, narrow, bifid and entire or split into two segments. They are held close together in an upright, small crown. It is best suited to the tropics and will take mild coastal exposure.