Trevesia spp. are small, little branched, forest trees of south-east Asia. They are remarkable for the unusual pseudo-compound leaves that occur in several of the species. Leaves of all the species are palmately lobed, but in some the lobes are narrowed to form false petiolules, and the lamina is expanded again towards the base of the leaf. In one species (Trevesia burckii) these leaves are the normal adult state, while in another species (Trevesia palmata) the leaf dissection is variable both between and within individual plants.
The plant reaches in nature a size of up to 15-20" and prefers the shaded environment of a mountain rainforest. It is a hardy indoor plant that can tolerate a very wide range of home environments from full sunshine to dark corners.