Polynesia, this species is often wider than its height and the
weight of its branches is supported by stout, buttress-like aerial
roots. Male flowers are strongly and sweetly scented.
The leaves have long spines on their edges and also on the
undersides of the midrib, and they are used for thatching and
weaving into mats, baskets and other essentials.
Cultivation: Keep the plants tidy by removing dead and damaged
Propagate from seed, soaked for 24 hours before planting, or by
detaching rooted suckers.