Widespread distribution. On oil palms, but the viroid is related to Coconut cadang-cadang viroid and Coconut tinangaja viroid of cocounts. Wherever oil palms are grown. Of minor importance; sometimes 1-2% after 3 years.
Of interest because Coconut cadang-cadang viroid of coconut causes the spotting disease in oil palm, and the spotting viroid of oil palm causes cadang-cadang in coconuts, a lethal disease.
Spots 2-3 mm on all but the youngest leaves, palms stunted and bunches and nuts smaller than normal. Decline occurs over 20 years.
Spread in seed, and perhaps when harvesting.
Cultural control: remove palms when symptoms first seen.