Normanbya merrillii Becc.
Veitchia merrillii (Becc.) H.E.Moore
Adonidia merrillii is an evergreen, single-stemmed palm tree that grows about 6 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical, unbranched stem is around 15 - 21cm in diameter, topped by a compact crown of about a dozen arched, pinnate leaves about 1.5 metres long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a masticatory and source of beads. It is often grown as an ornamental in tropical gardens, and as a pot plant in cooler areas[
The plant has a very narrow distribution. It is classified as 'Near Threatened' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Southeast Asia - Philippines.
Coastal areas, growing in open forest on steep limestone slopes[
|Conservation Status||Near Threatened
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
The plant is very cold sensitive and can only be grown outdoors in genuinely tropical climates[
Grows best in full sun[
]. Succeeds in most soils so long as they are not water-logged[
]. Requires a moist but well-drained soil[
A fast-growing plant[
The plant is very susceptible to lethal yellowing disease[
The fleshy seed is used as a substitute for betel nut (Areca catechu) as a masticatory[
]. It is considered to be somewhat inferior[
The tree is prized by beekeepers for its high quality nectar[
The brown seed is marked by a network of light grooves. It is used, generally in combination with other seeds, to make ornamental necklaces[
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