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Adonidia merrillii (True manila palm, Christmas palm)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Arecales > Family: Arecaceae

Adonidia merrillii (True manila palm)

Adonidia merrillii under cultivation in the Palm House of the Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria. [photo H.G. Robertson, Iziko ©]

Native to the Philippines. Cultivated widely, including in southern Africa. Called Christmas palm because it has bright red fruit, I guess reminiscent of Holly berries.

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Text by Hamish Robertson


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