It is one of the eight species of palms known from the Krakatau Islands. It is a clustering species of palm trees, growing to a height of 25 meters with leaves up to 3.5 meters long. Stems that are covered with sharp black thorns 25 - 65 mm long. A densely clumping species with usually 15-30 adult stems per clump, although sometimes there are hundreds. The plant is valued in its original area for especially for edible seeds and wood.
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