This very distinctive and attractive Syagrus has leaf bases arranged in 5 spiral rows and petioles
with long, flat, spine-like projections. Its mature height is 3 to 12m (10 to 40ft), the trunk is about a foot in
diameter, and the stiff leaflets are whiteish beneath and are held erect,
giving a very handsome appearance. It is one of the most common palms in its homeland of Brazil, one population having
been estimated at half a million individuals, but still rather uncommon in cultivation. subtropical
or dry tropical climates suit it best.