Pinnate palm, solitary Height : 3m to 11m included Origin : Northeastern Australia (Cape Melville) Environment : Boulder strewn, exposed gravel hills; in full sunlight; on well-drained, gravely sandy soils Climate : Hot, warm; frost-intolerant
Notes : Foxtail Palm’s leaves are arranged all around the stem and not only at specific angles (as it happens with all other palms), hence the foxtail aspect. It was unknown to professional botanists until an Aboriginal man called Wodyeti revealed it’s existence in 1979. The news and the consequent huge demand for this palm fuelled an illegal collection of plants and seeds that severely decimated the native population of this unique palm, almost to the extinction point. Today, the Foxtail Palm is protected in the native area, and has become one of the most popular decorative palms worldwide.