Single-stemmed palm with a slender trunk, at first bearing a fibrous webbing of old leaf bases, then smooth. The leaf-blades are light green above and silvery grey beneath, 40-60cm across, and borne on stalks of the same length. Produces fragrant yellow flowers, 6-8mm across, in panicles to 2m or more long, in summer. Height to 5m, Spread 1.5-2.5m. Native of Haiti, E. Cuba.