The famous Harold E. Moore, father of modern palm taxonomy, wrote in Principes that this species was "one of
the most elegant palms I have seen"; and surely he had seen a lot of palms! It grows a straight, slender trunk
to about 14 m (46 ft.) tall, topped by a reddish brown crownshaft that supports numerous most gracefully spreading
leaves with somewhat drooping leaflets. Native to rainforest on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean east of New
Guinea, it prefers a humid, tropical climate. Young plants make delightful potted specimens.