This palm tree-like cycad grows to about 6 m tall, and 20 cm in diameter. Its palm-like leaves are 0.7 to 1.8 m long, (made up of leaflets 13-21 cm long) dark green, and very shiny, with spines growing down the center growing on its margins.
Plants in this family are either male or female, producing hairy pollen cones (15-25 cm long) or larger seed cones ( 30 cm across) respectively. The cones on this species can be blue/green or yellow. Seeds form on the seed cones only, and are oblong (4 x 3 cm) and orange-yellow.
(Jones, David L. 2002. Cycads of the World. Smithsonian Institution Press. Washington D.C.)