D2. Manila Palm

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The Manila Palm has a smooth, slender grayish stem ringed by semi-circular frond scars.  A 2-3ft green crown shaft supports a crown of up to a dozen pinnate fronds.  The fronds are arched to about 5ft long with leaflets that are about 2ft long and 2ft wide.  Where the crown shaft attaches to the trunk, 2ft long inflorescences sprout.  Small butter-cream colored flowers form light green 1" long ovoid fruit.  By December, most years, the fruit ripens and turns a crimson color.