This is a photo of three foxtail palms in the center of the Boynton Beach VR resistance pool. Since I am describing one palm species per issue for the VR magazine called Reflections, I thought I would also publish the articles here.
The foxtail palm is aptly named for its bushy fronds. It was discovered in
Queensland, Australia, its growing site revealed around 1978 by an elderly aborigine named Wodyeti: thus the Latin name of Wodyetia bifurcata. In the wild, these palms grow as solitary plants, but commercial growers often plant three seeds in one pot to produce palms with three trunks.
While foxtail palms have only been imported legally into Florida since 1995, they are common because the dark green fronds, attractive trunks, and low maintenance requirements make them desirable landscape plants.
Additional VR palms can be seen in my Valenica Reserve Palms slideshow on this site.
Katherine Wagner-Reiss has her botany Certificate from the New York Botanical Garden, where she is a volunteer tour guide.