Similar to the fantastic Mauritia flexuosa, this clustering species is
a slender, garden-sized version that will usually reach a height of about 10 m (33 ft.). Its beautiful, fan-shaped
leaves carry up to 120 segments that are bluish waxy below. It is a typical
palm of the greater Amazon region where it is widespread, and is common in a variety of habitats, from the steamy,
tropical lowlands up to the cool Guyana Highlands at 1400 m (4600 ft.) a.s.l.
Among its closest relatives, Mauritia, Mauritiella, and Lepidocaryum, it is the only one that is really tolerant
of cooler, subtropical winters, even though it does not tolerate any frost.
Mauritiella armata is a very fast grower and does well in the tropical and
subtropical garden. When young, it also makes a stunning pot
plant that could even be commercially interesting. All parts of the young plant are covered with a thick, white
or pale blue, waxy bloom.