Trunk solitary, 2-3 m tall, cane-like, green, prominently ringed. Leaves to 50 cm long, bright green to dark green, shiny. Leaflets 10-20 each side, relatively broad, not crowded. Inflorescences erect, yellow to orange. Fruit about 5 mm long, black. [Neanthe bella O.F. Cook].
One of the most popular palms in the world.
Ideal as an indoor plant. Also successful outdoors in a shady position.
C. oblongata Mart. from Central America is a solitary palm to 3 m tall. Leaves to 60 cm long, arching. Leaflets broad, bright green, shiny, dimpled, not crowded, drawn out at the apex. Fruit about 1 cm long, black, shiny. Often grows on limestone. Useful container palm for a sheltered location.
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.