Phoenix acaulis is a low, handsome palm, found in the outer Himalayas and sub-Himalayan tracts from Kumaun eastwards, Khasi and Naga hills in Assam, Bihar, Orrisa, Central India and parts of Deccan Peninsula, up to an altitude of 1500m. Stem bulbiferous, 15-25cm in diam.,12mt. in height. Leaves pinnate, 0.6-1.8m long, pinnae linear, stiff, 25-50cm long flowers in branched spadices; fruit an oblong-ellipsoid berry, 1.2-1.7cm long bright red to blue-black; seed oblong, grooved. This palm is common and occurs gregariously in open sal forests and in grasslands, particularly on clayey ground, in the outer Himalayas it ascends into Pinus roxburghii forests.