This stunning native of the Mascarene islands is a close relative of the Bismarkia nobilis. At a quick glance, it would be easy to mistake it for the silver bizzie.
The slightly swollen dark grey trunks are said to be ringed though it is not obvious here due to a layer of blackish moss covering.
The bluish green colour of the petioles run all the way right up to the small veins of huge costapalmate leaves. These greyish green leaves are held upright. Also noted are thick patches of orange brown wool (scurf?) found on the lower arms of the petioles.
It's wonderful to see large stalks of compact golden flowers arising from amongst the leaves. Am not certain what its blooms smell like but peculiarly, they attracted some large flies instead of the usual bees.