The genus Ptychosperma includes approximately 15 species, macarthuri widespread in Australia and some nearby islands. In its native habitat this palm reaches a maximum height of 8 m (26 ft).
It often forms several slendertopped by large pinnate , 150-300 cm (5-10 ft) long and 60-100 cm (23-39 in) wide, with alternate, irregularly tipped leaflets. The curve in an arch from the . The fruits are bright red and the are deeply furrowed – hence the scientific name of the genus (ptyche = fold, furrow, sperma = ).
The individual species areindoors. They tolerate even rather low winter temperatures of 8°-10°C (46o-50°F). They are grown from imported that germinate quite readily. They do not even need higher temperatures for germination. They require heavier composted soil, as do most palm trees.