Foxtail palm


Foxtail palm is native to northern Australia. It reaches a height of 40 feet, with a gray and smooth trunk up to 8 inches in diameter. The leaves are up to 8 feet long and are composed of many short leaflets distributed in several rows, giving the leaf a distinct apperance. Inflorescences arise below the lowest leaf and are up to 3 feet long. Ripe fruits are reddish-orange, about 2 inches long, and have a single large seed. It flowers and produces fruits irregularly during the year. The generic name honors the aboriginal man who made the species known to science. The species name means forked, in reference to the leaflets.

The photographed palm is one of two specimens planted in front of the main entrance to the campus.

Wodyetia bifurcata (Arecaceae)