ⓘ Cyphokentia macrostachya

                                     

ⓘ Cyphokentia macrostachya

The yellow, green or gray solitary trunks reach over 15 m in height at a 20 cm diameter, slightly bulging at the base. The leaves meet the trunk with a 1 m, slightly-bulging crownshaft covered in tomentum and scales, giving it a brown to gray to white color. The pinnate leaves extend from 60 cm petioles at a 3 m length, recurved and bright green in color. The leaflets are over a meter long, obliquely acute, with one fold along a prominent midrib.

Branched inflorescences growing under the crown of leaves, whirling in the trunk, the branches producing tiny male and female flowers. Male flowers have three sepals, three petals and six stamens, three petals, three sepals and three staminodes in females. In the egg-shaped fruits ripen to a bright red color containing one ellipsoid seed.