Stems: Solitary, erect, gray, to 15 m tall and 25 cm in diameter, swollen at the base and near the middle. Leaf scars are regular and closely spaced. Leaves: Pinnate, reduplicate, arching, to 3 m long. Leaflets have prominent marginal ribs and are held in several planes (plumose). The crown shaft is pale green, to 1 m long, with a bloom of gray to white waxy scales. Leaflets are regularly arranged, spreading in several planes, with praemorse tips, and large gray or brown scurf along the rachis. Flowers and fruit: Inflorescence pendulous, to 1 m, densely branched to four orders toward the base and one or two orders at the tip, with separate, white to yellowish staminate and pistillate flowers. Spherical to ovoid, 5 cm long fruits are orange-red when ripe, with apical stigmatic remains forming a beak.
The Royal Palms, Roystonea species, are similar in overall appearance in the landscape, but they are more massive.
Native to Queensland, Australia
This species was named in 1983, so is a quite recent addition to the list of cultivated palm species. This lovely, fast growing palm is also among the most sought after cultivated species.
Wodyetia bifurcata Irvine