This palm has a smooth straight gray trunk ringed with evenly spaced leaf scars and topped with a large canopy of feathery fronds. The fronds are dark green and have double rows of leaflets. This palm is noted for its spectacular clusters of flowers and fruits. The flower clusters burst from large pods during the summer. In early winter, the green fruit clusters appear.
The spherical-shaped fruit eventually turns bright orange, hanging in clusters up to six feet in length. In each fruit there is a single hard seed with three spots.