A big, stately palm that is closely related and generally similar to L. mariae, with a robust, solitary trunk and large, stiff, costapalmate leaves that are not very deeply spit. From L. mariae it differs mainly in having shorter, slightly glaucous leaves with segments only briefly split at the tip as well as in the slightly smaller fruits. Its natural distribution extends from northern central to northwestern Queensland, where it is found in open woodlands. It seems to prefer low areas that are near seasonal watercourses or seasonally flooded. Despite its fairly tropical origin it has proven to be very adaptable to cultivation in both tropical and warm temperate regions, where it can take wind, some drought and moderate freezes. It is easy to germinate and fast growing. Young plants have beautiful reddish-bronzy leaves much like L. mariae.