A stately palm with a grayish trunk and a conspicuous crown shaft subtending a cluster of long, arching leaves. The leaves are pinnate, deep green, and borne along the rachis in four distinct rows. The flowers are borne in a single inflorescence, whitish and ascending, with numerous branches and flowers. The fruit is blue and round.
The terminal bud is edible. The root is made into a diuretic medicine, and some think it is also good for diabetes. Fruits have been widely used as a swine food.