Ravenea louvelii is a small, squat palm of the rainforest understory (2). It resembles a shuttlecock in appearance (3); the long leaves can extend as far as three metres from the short stem (2). The leaves act as a 'litter trap', funnelling dead leaves and other debris into a heap at the centre of the crown and thus producing the palm's very own compost heap (3). Slender, dark green leaflets extend from the long leaf axis (2). Male and female trees are separate (3), but the flowers of both are hidden amongst the leaf bases; they have a musty scent and are cream in colour (2). The globular, purple fruits are also well hidden, and the seeds are oval and flat (2).
- Trunk height: 1.5 - 3 m (2)