|Etymology||Genus||After Adonis, a Greek god of beauty and desire. Reference to plant unknown.|
|Species||After Elmer Drew Merrill, an American botanist|
|Synonyms||Veitchia merrillii (Becc.) H.E.Moore, Normanbya merrillii Becc.|
|Common Names||Manila Palm, Christmas Palm, Merrill's Palm|
|Status||Exotic: Cultivated Only|
|Form||Single stem palm|
A single stem palm, Adonidia merrilli is a short palm normally up to 5m. It has a clean length of crown shaft and threads of marginal strips can often be seen drooping from the leaf. Two distinguishing features are the floppy ends of the leaflets, and the smoky green colour of the leaves.
Form of the Manila Palm.
Ends of leaflets are floppy.
The rings on the stem are closely compacted together.
Very clean crownshaft. Note the drooping marginal strips.
Developing fruits have a similar greyish green colour.