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Distribution & Habitat:
Found in lowland swamps throughout Western and Central Africa.
A usually solitary, altho occasionally suckering palm, with extremely long, (to 12m) dark green, pinnate leaves, rigid leaflets, and a trunk up to 10m high. The trunk has very attractive and unusual coils coming from it.
All parts of the plant are heavily utilised by locals; for all things from building materials to food, and wine ; (see some of the links at the bottom).
Hot, sunny, and moist; doesn't mind wet feet. Not very cold tolerant.
Michael Pascall (Figures 1,2,3&4)