This is a single, slender, grey trunked palm to 10m.
It carries a small head of semi-erect leaves, each pinnae notched in the typical Ptychosperma fashion, and produces bright red fruits.
They are produced in the thousands by nurseries in the south as indoor or patio palms.
Given a shady spot, they grow slim and elegant, holding a crown of dark green leaves above a green crownshaft.
Altitudinal range from near sea level to 900 m.
Grows as an understory plant in lowland and upland rain forest.