"It is usually an unbranched species up to about 20 feet (6 m) tall, with a straight stem and a crown of wide-spreading straight or slightly curved leaves. The leaflets are broad, the middle ones up to about 1¼ inch (roughly 3.2 cm) in width, with-according to Dyer-about 20 to 30 prominent raised veins on the under surface. The leaflets are often curved slightly backwards and the lowest are reduced to prickles. ... The large cones - the male are up to almost 2 feet (60 cm) long-are borne in what are thought are probably small groups of 2 or 3 together. The seeds are red" (Palmer & Pitman 1972).
South Africa: This "close relative of the Modjadji palm, is found, but never in numbers, in the mountains near Barberton in the eastern Transvaal. Good specimens can be seen in the Ida Doyer Nature Reserve" (Palmer & Pitman 1972).
"The specific name means 'with few teeth', in reference to the leaflets which may have a few or no prickles on the margins" (Palmer & Pitman 1972).
Last Modified 2012-11-23