A large, acaulescent (stemless) solitary palm restricted to rock outcrops, tending to grow on the lip of cliffs and on outcrops beside dry stream courses. It has a very short stem, decumbent at the base, ca. 35 cm diameter and covered with old leaf bases. There are about 8 leaves to 2 m long in the crown; petioles are glaucous, and the leaflets are few in number, distant, curved, very dark green and hooded, and unusually broad; they have an almost succulent texture. Male inflorescences are solitary or multiple in the leaf axis and females are solitary.
286 m elevation on Mt. Ivohibe, Tsitongambarika, Madagascar.