A new, previously undescribed species and genus with an affinity to the palm tribe Chuniophoeniceae, including - Nannorrhops, Kerriodoxa and Chuniophoenix. This palm most likely will not like temperatures below 19°C, coming from the small area of Analalava district in the northeast of Madagascar, where it grows in low, seasonally dry forest or scrubland. This area has eight dry months a year and a mean annual temperature of 27ºC. The palm grows in deep fertile soil at the foot of a limestone hill in ground that is seasonally flooded.
Tahina spectabilis is known only from this one locality in Analalava district, in the north-west of Madagascar.
Tahina spectabilis is known only from one locality in Analalava district, in the north-west of Madagascar. In the gently rolling hills and flatlands of the region, now dominated by anthropogenic grasslands, there is a small outcrop of 'tsingy', karst Tertiary limestone, running approximately north-south and about 250 m long, carrying a semi-natural vegetation. Altitude 9 m only.