History of the genus
The genus was originally described in 1919. In 1957, it was transferred to the genus Veitchia. In 2008, further study returned it to its own genus. Thus, some older photos from the 1957-2008 period use Veitchia instead of Adonidia.
At present there are two recognized species. The first and better known is the Manila palm (Adonidia merrillii), which is native to the Philippines (Palawan and Danjugan Island), Malaysia (Sabah), and is reportedly naturalized in the West Indies. The second is Adonidia dransfieldii, native to Sabah and first described in 2015.
Some palms sold in retail outlets as "Adonidia" are in fact Alexander palms, which are similar but even thinner.
- Beccari, Philippine Journal of Science 14:329. 1919 Type:A. merrillii
- W.J.Baker & Heatubun, Palms (1999+) 56: 134 (2012).
- Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Adonidia
- Johnson, D. 1998. Adonidia merrillii. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 20 July 2007.
- Adonidia merrillii in: Philippine Medicinal Plants.Stuartx Change Jan. 2014
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