A moderately tall, fast growing fan palm that is well suited to cultivation in tropical or warm subtropical areas. It likes abundant water and will grow well in waterlogged soils and areas with brackish water and coastal exposure. While young, it makes a very pretty house plant. Cultivation: Very small round black seed are rubbed clean and put into shallow trays. Germination is good, and two or three months later little strap leaves appear. Standard horticultural practice will give a 200mm pot plant with many deeply cut leaves, ready for a shady spot in the garden. Good air circulation in the growing area is necessary to prevent fungus attack. Benthams grow fairly quickly given plenty of-water and fertilizer. Min. Temperature: 28F.