Natural Habitat: Naturally found in southeastern Brazil, where it grows along the shoreline on sand dunes or in sandy scrubland. The palm can be seen growing in large colonies along some of Brazil’s most famous beaches.
Description: A small trunkless clustering palm that can reach heights around 8 feet tall. The palm begins life as a single palm, but upon maturity begins to emerge underground off shoots that eventually form a dense stand of palms. The leaflets emerge from the rachis (Branch) at different angles, creating a plumose foxtail like appearance. The firm leathery leaflets have light green topsides and silvery white underside. Since the leaflets emerge at different angles, both sides of the leaflets can be seen, giving the palms a bluish appearance.
Due to its clustering nature and short stature this palm it commonly used as ground cover among taller palm or trees. It can also be used in long rows as a shrub.
Environment: The Allogoptera arenaria enjoys a sunny moist and well drained area where it can get full sun throughout the day. A true sun lover, the A. arenaria needs full sun throughout the day or it can become lanky. Sandy well draining soil is perfereable, but not required. Said to be the world most salt tolerant palm, the A. arenaria thrives in areas along the sea shore where other palms fry out. The A. arenaria is very cold hardy, surviving both freezes and frosts with little to no damage. Zones 9-11, Marginal 8b.