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The tall, slender feather-palm with a smooth straight trunk with a handsome crown of long, recurving, pinnate, feathery fronds divided into numerous leathery, glossy dark green leaflets.
A beautiful species that spots a slender, spiny trunk supported by prominent stilt roots, and large, undivided leaves. The trunk and petioles are covered with spines. Likes a position sheltered from the wind, (to keep the leaves intact), full sun or shade, and moist, but well drained.
Virgilia oroboides is a beautiful tree, suitable for both the domestic garden and big landscapes. It is fast-growing, beautiful in flower and has an attractive growth form.
The flowers of both species are rich in nectar and attract many insects and birds, such as sunbirds, carpenter bees, honey bees and ants.
The name Chaste tree for this species comes from a species of southern Europe,Vitex agnus-castus, where it was treated by ancients as a symbol of chastity and long ago discussed in this regard by Pliny the Elder. Puriri does not mean that the species from New Zealand is pure, but coincidentally a tree along the coast near the Bay of Plenty is treated as sacred by the Maori people; they claim that the remains of important ancestors repose in large cavities within its roots.