Adonidia merrillii

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Figure 1. A. merrillii at the Holiday Inn, Kuching, Borneo.


Veitchia merrillii

Common Names:[edit]

Christmas Palm

Distribution & Habitat:[edit]

Philippine Rainforest


A very attractive, medium sized, slender, solitary palm with a neat crown of arching bright green leaves. They also have large bunches of bright red fruit (@ 3cm long) which are produced around Christmas time in the USA, hence the common name.


Sunny, moist, but well drained position. An excellent, fast growing garden plant but one which unfortunately is very cold sensitive, and so it is only really suited to the tropics.

Figure 2. A. merrillii at Princeville Resort, Hanalei Bay, Hawai.

Contributed by:[edit]

Mike Gray (Figure 1)
Bob Lauri (Figure 2)

External Links:[edit]

Kew, PalmWeb, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, GoogleImages, Flickr, PalmTalk