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The spindle palm’s name derives from the shape of its trunk, narrower at top and bottom. Then bulging in the middle with a green to grayish crown shaft. The trunk is about 1.5 feet in diameter and under ideal conditions, when mature, 20 feet tall. The crown consists of 6 to11 arching pinnate leaves 9-10 feet long with numerous leaflets, leaves are bright green above and gray below. Inflorescences emerge as horn-like spikes from beneath the crown with orange becoming cream-colored fragrant flowers of both sexes.
Furthermore, the fruits are oval-shaped, orange and about 1 inch long, with a seed used for propagation. Seeds germinate in 3 to 6 months. This palm is easy to grow, preferring moist areas and needing irrigation during dry spells. It is reported to be slightly susceptible to lethal yellow disease, but is somewhat cold tolerant. The spindle palm is uniquely decorated in a garden, as a specimen and suitable for container growth. Like the related bottle palm, the spindle palm is endangered in the wild, although it too is cultivated widely.