Arenga engleri Becc.

Formosa Palm

Dense clustering palm with slender stems to 3 m tall. Leaves slightly twisted. Leaflets narrow, linear, in 1 plane, stiff, 28-32 on each side, to 3 cm wide, crowded, dark green above, silvery beneath, toothed at the tip only; terminal leaflets 3 lobed and 3 veined. Buds orange, waxy. Flowers reddish-purple (male) and green to cream (female). Fruit round, red to purple, to 4 cm wide, seeds 3, each to 3 cm long.

Taiwan, Japan (Ryukyu Islands)

A hardy ornamental palm but only moderately popular in cultivation. Excellent under established trees.

Dense clustering habit; slender stems covered with coarse fibres; narrow leaflets silvery beneath; prominent orange waxy buds and red to purplish fruit.

NSW:Sydney (Royal Botanic Garden Sydney).

Source: Jones, D; Spencer, R. (2005). Arecaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Arecales
family       Arecaceae
genus        Arenga Labill.