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Department of Botany

Since 1980

Wodyetia bifurcata A. K. Irvine


Foxtail Palm

   Botanical NameWodyetia bifurcata A. K. Irvine
   Common NameEnglish : Foxtail Palm / Tamil : Narivazh panai
   DistributionGlobal : Native to Australia. Introduced throughout tropics of Asia, and America.
Indian: Throughout India
   DescriptionEvergreen tree up to 10m height, Bark green to light gey, persistent leaf base mark on trunk, trunk slightly swollen at the base. Leaves form crown shaft of the single tall tree, compound leaves, thick green appears like fox tail. Inflorescence spadix. Flower white trimerous, unisexual, actinomorphic, hypogynous. Male flowers white tepels 3, stamens numerous, gynoecium absent. Female flower white, carpel globose, stamens absent, tricarpellary, syncarpous. Fruit drupe, oval shaped, orange red at maturity, single seeded.
   Flowering Fruiting periodDecember -February/ October - December
   UsesOrnamental planted in gardens and road side.
   Medicinal UsesNot yet evaluated for medicinal value
   Tamil NameFoxtail Palm