Common name: Seychelles stilt palm
Native to: Seychelles
Erect palm up to 25m tall, usually much shorter. Trunk smooth but scarred where leaves have fallen; spiny when young; rings of dark spines pointing downwards at top of trunk on older trees; numerous aerial roots at the base. Leaves up to 3m long with bio-lobed apex. Leaf stalks (petioles) spiny on young trees only. Flower stalks (inflorescences) up to 2m long, drooping beneath leaves of crown. Fruits spherical, brownish-green becoming red when mature.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Partial to full shade, indirect sunlight
Flowers: Inflorescence of small white flowers on bracts
Foliage: Evergreen, v-shaped solid leaves, split at the tip
Growth habit: Upright, tapered stem, with aerial roots at the base
Hardiness: Hardy but needs protection from the wind
Height: Up to 10 metres
Spread: Up to 0.8 metres with aerial roots
Soil requirements: Prefers moister soils.
Uses: Tropical underplantings in large tropical gardens