At first sight, this specimen does not look like a palm at all. More of a cactus based on my general understanding of cacti. But having glanced a similar specimen before, this just rang a bell!
A native of Southern Madagascar, this young specimen enjoys the full sun and may grow up to 15ft tall. Way to go, young one!
Its succulent grey trunk is well protected by a natural defense structure similar to 'barb wires'. These intimidating spines could be 2in long.
The elongated thin grey green leaves sit spirally on a crown, like a beautiful starburst at the top of the trunk.
|clearly 'do not mess'|
2nd thoughts, a great plant to deter burglars too!