Australian Native Plants

  Wodyetia bifurcata (Foxtail Palm)


Wodyetia bifurcata photo
Foxtail Palm fronds

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Wodyetia bifurcata photo
Foxtail Palm

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Wodyetia bifurcata photo
Foxtail Palm fruit

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Wodyetia bifurcata photo
Foxtail Palm close up of fruit

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FOXTAIL PALM FACTS

distribution map showing range of Wodyetia bifurcata in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Foxtail Palm

Description
The Foxtail Palm is an attractive self-cleaning palm with tall grey ringed trunk and green crown shaft. The plant grows to ten metres tall. The fronds are long and feathery and give rise to the common name of foxtail. The flowers grow from the bottom of the crown shaft and are followed by large orange oval fruit about 5cm long. The Foxtail Palm was discovered in the late 1970's and there used to be a black market in its seed. The Foxtail Palm is now a popular garden palm and now there are a large number of fruiting plants in cultivation.

Height
to 10m

Spread
fronds 2m - 3m long

Habitat
exposed gravel hills in the Cape Melville National Park

Propagation
Seed germinates in 1-2 months if kept at about 30 C.

Distribution
Wodyetia bifurcata is found in Cape Melville on Cape York, north Queensland.



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Arecales
Family:Arecaceae
Genus:Wodyetia
Species:bifurcata
Common Name:Foxtail Palm