Description from Flora of China
Stems clustered, to 2 m tall, 1-2 cm in diam., covered with persistent leaf sheaths. Leaf sheaths open, not split at bases; petioles 25-40 cm; blades divided into 4-7 segments, these 25-35 × 3-7 cm, broad and hooded. Inflorescences to 0.4 m, erect among leaves, becoming pendulous in fruit; rachillae 1-4, 15-20 cm; flowers borne in small groups; petals yellowish. Fruits red, globose, to 1.6 cm in diam.
Material from Vietnam previously included here is now treated as the distinct species Chuniophoenix nana Burret (see Henderson, Palms S. Asia, 98. 2009). It differs by the narrower, unhooded leaflets.
● Lowland rain forests. Hainan.