This section is from the book "Commercial Gardening Vol2", by John Weathers (the Editor). Also available from Amazon: Commercial Gardening, A Practical & Scientific Treatise For Market Gardeners.
There are several species, but A. (Chrysalidocarpus) lutescens, from Madagascar, is the most popular. It has slender yellowish-green stems and gracefully pinnate leaves. Once established it will thrive in a greenhouse temperature. Two or three plants are often grown together. A. sapida, from New Zealand, and A. Baueri, from Norfolk Island, are elegant Kentia-like species, both of which, however, really belong to a genus called "Rhopalostylis".