Wodyetia bifurcata Foxtail Palm 3 seeds
Seeds from Wodyeti bifurcata. This palm is native to the scrublands of the rocky northeastern peninsula of Australia. It survives best where temperatures do not fall below 30F. It can reach heights of 30 feet, growing fast in full sun, but tolerant of both sunny and shady conditions. The pinnately compound leaves can reach lengths of 8 to 10 feet and are attached to a stem that is 6 to 12 inches long. The dark green leaflets are each a half foot long, grow whorled around the rachis, and split into segments at the tips. The trunk is light gray to almost white, is somewhat enlarged mid length, and has dark leaf base scars encircling it. On top of the trunk sits a pale to blue green, smooth crownshaft, which is the part of the palm where its leaves emerge. The stems swollen base becomes slender towards the top, and when mature, accounts for as much as 3 feet of the palms total height. The inflorescence occurs just below the crownshaft, is heavily branched, and bears white male and female flowers. Fruits are 2 inches long, egg shaped, and orange to red when ripe. Zones 9 to 11.