This medium sized stemless palm is a hermaphrodite plant of up to 5 or 7 metres in height. The leaves are large, entire diamond shaped, 3 metre long and 1 metre wide. The petiole is almost the same length as the leaf and has sharp thorns. Its inflorescence is axillary, and the leaves are white in colour whereas the fruits are globose 3 to 3.5 cm in diameter, corky, very knobbly and are almost black in colour.