Native to Australia and the South Pacific. Small feather palms with slender, ringed trunks and well-defined crown shafts (the smooth, usually green upper portion of the trunk, formed by overlapping bases of newer leaves). Frond segments are toothed at the tip. Small, fragrant flowers come in 1- to 2-ft.-long clusters in summer; these are followed by bright red fruit. Grow in well-drained soil.
P. elegans. ALEXANDER PALM, SEAFROTHIA PALM. From Australia. Erect, single-trunked palm to 25 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide. Fronds to 8 ft. long.
P. macarthurii. MACARTHUR PALM. Native to New Guinea. To 1025 ft. tall, 1215 ft. wide, with several clustered trunks. Fronds to 6 ft. long. Good large understory plant. Often grown in containers.