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Foxtail Palm - Wodyetia bifurcata
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Foxtail Palm
Foxtail Palm

Foxtail Palm

Palm Name: Foxtail Palm - (f-OX-tale) (Palm)
Common Name(s): Foxtail Palm, Fox Tail Palm, Wodyetia palm
Botanical Name: Wodyetia bifurcata - (wod-YET-ee-uh) (by-fur-KAY-tuh)
Synonym(s): Wodyetia bifurcate
Palm Tree General Description: The foxtail palm tree pertains to the tribe of Arecceae, and subfamily Arecoideae. Its native habitat is located in northeastern Queensland, Australia, where it is listed under as a threatened species. The foxtail palm tree was first discovered by an aboriginal bushman named Wodyeti, in the year 1978. Hence, the genus name of Wodyetia. Furca from the species name birfurcata comes from the Latin meaning fork. Bi comes from the Latin as well, meaning two. Together they have a meaning of twice-forked which resembles the fish-tailed leaflets of the foxtail palm. The foxtail palm tree gets its common name from the arching bushy fronds similar to a foxs tail. The foxtail palm tree was later discovered by Australian growers in the year 1984. Rapidly becoming popular, the foxtail palm is now the worlds most popular landscape palm tree. It is a fast growing palm tree, which loves hot arid heat, and humidity. The typical height a foxtail palm can reach is 30 feet. Foxtail palms also adapt very well to a variety of soils but likes dryer sandy soil, thus making it drought tolerant. Enjoys full sun but will tolerate shade. The foxtail palm can also tolerate a bit of cold weather and light frost during the winter season. Its closely ringed, dark grey to light grey trunk is slender and solitary. Reaching maturity around 12 years of age, the foxtail palm has a self cleaning smooth crownshaft that is slightly swollen at the base. The tropical pinnate palm has a full arching crown that has a spread of densely plumose fronds of about 5-10 ft. A flower stalk of white to cream inflorescence or flowers bares from the base of the crownshaft. The fruit of the foxtail palm tree is green when young but turn red when maturing. The seeds are poisonous if ingested. The Foxtail palm has a history of triumph. From the illegally exporting of the foxtail palm seeds to Florida, to the massive boom of commercial growing, to being listed as a threatened species in Australia. It is no wonder, that the foxtail palm has been the number one choice for many growers and consumers.
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Kentia Palm - Howea forsteriana
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Kentia Palm
Kentia Palm

Kentia Palm

Palm Name: Kentia Palm - (ken-t-ia) (Palm)
Common Name(s): Sentry Palm, Paradise Palm, Kentia Palm, Thatch palm, Parlor Palm
Botanical Name: Howea forsteriana - (HOW-ee-a) (for-ster-ee-AY-na)
Synonym(s): Kentia forsteriana
Palm Tree General Description: The Kentia Palm Tree is native to Lord Howe Island off the east coast of Australia. This palm tree is the toughest most elegant most durable of all indoor palm trees. The kentia palm tree can adapt to many ranges of environments from indoors to outdoors with no fuss. The commonly used kentia palm has a reputation for being a favorite indoor palm since the times of the Victorian's. It is slow growing, not salt-tolerant and should be protected from frost and winds. The grouping of kentia palms with their slender trunks and arching, feathered, evergreen leaves make for an astonishing view. The canopy of a mature kentia palm tree spreads anywhere from 5-10 ft in diameter and contains roughly three dozen leaves.
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Lipstick Palm - Cyrtostachys renda
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Lipstick Palm
Lipstick Palm

Lipstick Palm

Palm Name: Lipstick Palm - (lip-stick) (Palm)
Common Name(s): Sealing Wax Palm, Lipstick Palm, Red Sealing Wax Palm
Botanical Name: Cyrtostachys renda - (sir-toh-STAY-kiss) (REN-duh)
Synonym(s): Cyrtostachys lakka
Palm Tree General Description: The lipstick palm tree is commonly referred to as the red sealing wax palm and as the sealing wax palm. This palm tree is also known for its brilliant red colored crownshaft. The Lipstick palm gets its name from the traditional Chinese sealing wax which is very similar to the vibrant red crownshaft of the lipstick palm tree. This palm tree is considered rare and exotic, due to its availability and the time it takes for a seed to germinate. Naturally growing upwards to about 40-50 ft, the lipstick palms stands out above all the rest. Native to swampy areas of Malaysia, Borneo, and Sumatra; the lipstick palm requires high temperatures and high humidity to thrive. It is not tolerant of cold, drought or wind. It loves the rich moist soil and requires a constant supply of water. The leaves of the lipstick palm are 4-5 feet long, feather like, and deep green in color. The underneath color of the leaf is a lighter grayish green. The fruit of the lipstick palm tree is oval and shiny brown color when ripe.
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Queen Palm - Syagrus Romanzoffiana
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Queen Palm

Palm Name: Queen Palm - (\kwēn\) (Palm)
Common Name(s): Queen Palm, Cocos Plumosa, Jeriva Syagrus romanzoffiana
Botanical Name: Syagrus romanzoffiana - (sigh-AY-gruss) (roe-man-zoff-ee-AY-nuh)
Synonym(s): La reina
Palm Tree General Description: The Queen Palm tree is Native to South America, primarily from Brazil to the Argentina. The Queen Palm tree is a staple to most tropical to sub-tropical landscapes. It is characterized by its white-pale trunk and ever-green feathery leaves. The Queen Palm tree is used in most subtropical landscapes because of the cost and the quick growth of the palm tree. The Queen Palm tree is seen in groupings as well as solitary. The Queen Palm tree also developes beautiful orange seeds on a stalk which resemble pearls from a necklace.
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Travelers Palm - Ravenala madagascariensis
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Travelers Palm
Travelers Palm

Travelers Palm

Palm Name: Travelers Palm - (trav-el-ers) (Palm)
Common Name(s): Traveler Palm, Traveler Palm, Travelers Tree, Travellers Palm, Ravenala
Botanical Name: Ravenala madagascariensis - (ra-VEN-ah-la) (mad-uh-gas-KAR-ee-EN-sis)
Synonym(s):Ravenala madagascariensis
Palm Tree General Description: One of the most awe-inspiring natural plants in the world is known as the Travelers Palm, however this plant is not really a palm tree at all. The Travelers Palm is a palm-like plant from the Strelitziaceae family, similar to the Bird of Paradise. The Travelers Palm gained its name from travelers who stumbled across its leaves and found a water reservoir. This reservoir, located between the leaves, would help not only the Travelers but also wildlife and insects in time of need. The Travelers Palm is highly recognizable due to its paddle like green leaves that can grow up to 13 feet long in a fan formation. The fan-like leaves of the Travelers Palm form a perfect semi-circle above the ground. The Travelers Palm is originally from an island off the coast of Africa called Madagascar. In its native habitat, the Travelers Palm grows to massive heights and appear as giant propellers from an airplane. The average height of a Travelers Palm can reach over 40 feet and its trunk can reach over 2 feet in diameter. The Travelers Palm leaves usually spread over 20 feet long from tip to tip and create a wonderful area of shade. The Travelers Palm is not particular about the soil which is used as long as it has organic matter. The Travelers palm enjoys full sun and thrives in moist soil conditions. It can be found producing thorn-like pods, which emerge between the leaves, year-round. These thorn-like pods contain blue seeds which could be harvested and replanted. Whether you have the Travelers Palm inside or outside, it makes a wonderful social piece and an immediate feel of the tropics.
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