Native to the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo, this palm is not uncommonly seen in steamy coastal swamp forests, where it forms large, impenetrable, thickets. The short, clustering, underground stems give rise to crowns of very large, erect, pinnate leaves to 8 m (27 ft.) tall with wide leaflets and long, spiny leafstalks. In Malysia, the palm is known as asam paya, asam kelubi or buah maram. While the edible fruits are not exactly for snacking, unless you enjoy munching on lemons, they are widely sought after for cooking. The locals harvest them immature and use them for seasoning much like the yellow citrus fruit mentioned above is used elsewhere. Eleiodoxa conferta is fast growing but very rarely encountered in cultivation, where it is undoubtedly best suited to tropical climates with abundant water and will do well even in waterlogged situations.