Trunk: Tall, straight, to 3-4 feet thick at the base.
Leaves: Frond, to 6-ft wide with accordion pleats. Dead fronds remain attached to the trunk and form attractive skirts, that unfortunately, are quite flammable. Petioles (leaf stalk) have sharp, hooked spines along the margin.
Seeds: Fairly large seeds in exposed clusters.
Distribution: Native to southern-most California and Arizona, but planted widely throughout the southwestern deserts.
Elevation: Lower elevations.
Comments: Native peoples, historic miners, and modern people planted seeds around isolated springs to produce shade and fronds that could be used for thatch.
Birds and mammals eat the seeds, and barn owls often root under the skirts.