|Christmas Palm, Manila Palm, Kerpis Palm
|Philippines (Palawan Island)
Veitchia merrillii (Christmas Palm, Manila Palm)
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Veitchia merrillii (Christmas Palm, Manila Palm, Kerpis Palm) is Small palm with a slender trunk, to 26cm across, which tapers towards the crownshaft. Strongly arching, matt, mid- to deep green leaves, 1-2m long, each have 40-60 strap-shaped leaflets, pale green and scaly beneath. Green to yellow-green flowers, 2cm across, are borne in panicles to 1m long, usually in summer; they are followed by ovoid crimson fruit, to 3cm long, which are at their most colourful during winter.