A native of Round Island in Mauritius. Also known as the Palmiste Gargoulette, this short and stout, a dwarf actually, is a cute tree to accentuate any garden. Coming across this specimen is every bit as exciting as finding a treasure. It's not as common, meaning it's more expensive here to invest in one of these for landscaping.
According to myth, the swollen trunk is the palm's unofficial water tank. Obviously, it looks and feels woody, so guess no one in their right mind would sacrifice their adorable exotic asset up for disection to bust that myth!
Together with the dark green pinnately arching fronds, this palm creates a very interesting and discernible profile. And if one were to look closely at the leaf scars around the trunk, you will see lines of short black bristly fibres standing out.
A most desirable palm due to its unique shape, striking profile and overall size which is great for smaller gardens or containers. This is definitely one to add to the collection.