Wodyetia bifurcata

COMMON NAME

Foxtail palm

TYPE

​Palm

FAMILY

​Arecaceae

NOTES

This spectacular palm was only discovered in the late 1970's. The slender trunk reaches , 30 to 50 tall with bottle shaped, slightly swollen on the median part, smooth, with a grey to almost white color, closely ringed with dark trace of the junction of the fallen leaves. The fronds long plumose leaves (hence the name 'Foxtail'). Fruits are size of a duck egg with a red to orange  color at maturity forming an attractive displays.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Endemic to a remote area in Queensland, Australia on the Cape York Peninsula

NATIVE HABITAT

Grows in open forests and scrublands on gravel hill tops amongst rocks and enormous granite boulders on sandy, granitic soils. The climate is characterized by a marked seasonality with a prolonged dry season.

WEB SOURCES

palmpedia.net

llifle.com

ctahr.hawaii.edu



Wodyetia bifurcata