||After Adonis, a Greek god of beauty and desire. Reference to plant unknown.
|| After Elmer Drew Merrill, an American botanist
||Veitchia merrillii (Becc.) H.E.Moore, Normanbya merrillii Becc.
||Manila Palm, Christmas Palm, Merrill's Palm
||Exotic: Cultivated Only
||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.
The Manila Palm is endemic to Philippines where it can only be found on limestone hills. However, it is now a very popular cultivated palm in the tropics (Wee, 2003). In Singapore, this is commonly planted within housing estates. This is the 9th most abundant palm species based on a survey I conducted in 5 towns in 2011.
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.
ReferencesWee YC. (2003) Tropical Trees and Shrubs: A Selection for Urban Planting. Sun Tree Publishing, USA. 392 pp.
Posted Date: 2013-01-31 / Modified Date: 2015-01-11