Author: Jan Scholten
English: Royal Palm.
Spanish: Palma Real.
Region: Trinidad, Central and South America.
Genus: 2 species, the other Manicaria martiana.
Use: leaves for roof thatching.
Botany: understory palms; habitat swamps, estuarine areas where river meets ocean, wet, humid, tropical lowland forests; often mixed with Raphia palms.