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Foxtail palm

This plant is native to Queensland (Australia), where it grows on the open forests on sandy, granitic soils in a restricted zone, Melville Range, of the Cape York Peninsula, up to 400 m of altitude; the climate is characterized by a marked seasonality.

The Wodyetia bifurcata A.K. Irvine (1983) is a monoecious plant with solitary stem, up to 20 m tall with a diameter of 20-25 cm, slightly swollen on the median part, smooth, of pale grey colour, on which are visible the rings trace of the junction of the fallen leaves.

The leaves are pinnate, 2,5-3,2 m long. The growth is fast if regularly watered and fertilized. It is a plant of a very high ornamental and landscape value, due to the particular appearance of its leaves, as isolated specimen, on group or in rows; plant which, in very few years after its discovery has become one of the most popular and sought for palms, also due to its growing speed and its adaptability to various situations. It may be cultivated, in full sun, in the tropical and subtropical climate zones; its cultivation may be tried also in the warm temperate zones having particularly mild winters, where the adult plants can resist to exceptional and very short lasting decreases of temperatures to -2 °C.

It also grows well in fairly windy zones and is rather resistant to the marine aerosol. It may be, therefore, utilized close to the sea side. It is not particular about the soil, provided the same is perfectly draining, and may bear, like in its origin countries, drought periods, but with a slower growth and a less luxuriant look, unless underground water is available.

  • Category Palms
  • Families Arecaceae
  • Genus Wodyetia
  • Species bifurcata
  • Geographical Area of Origin Oceania
  • Climatic Zones Tropical USDA 11
  • Habit Single stemmed palm
  • Leaves Bipinnate leaf
  • Colore Foglie Verde
  • Flowering Period July / August / September
  • Flower Raceme
  • Colore Fiori Giallo
  • Favorite soil Sub-acid / medium acid / Middle-Dough / Medium soil
  • Water needs Medium
  • Light Exposure Full light / Full sun / Medium shade / Half shade
  • Form Palm
  • Colore Frutti Rosso
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