Trunkless clustering palm. Leaves 2-6 per crown, to 1.5 m long, feather-shaped, crowded; dark green, shiny. Flowers yellowish. Inflorescences to 50 cm long, sparsely branched. Fruit about 1 cm across, green to black, powdery. [C. atrovirens Mart.]
Adapted to flowing water (rheophytic).
Each growth divides by splitting, eventually the plants form a dense clump.
A very popular palm, especially indoors; needs shade and abundant water.
Moore, H.E. (1966).
Source: (2005). Arecaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.