What I like about writing this blog is that it continually challenges the way I used to 'see' things. So, when is a dwarf not a dwarf? This is exactly the one so contrary to its name. Compared to the native 'pinang' or areca nut palm (also Areca catechu), this is definitely, no shrinking violet, if I may use this term on a flora.
From observation, this specimen has a fatter, rounder trunk, a tighter crown of deep green fronds due to short petioles and even the pinnate leaflets are broader. And its creamy green crown shaft shows more bulge.This palm has grown quite tall too. So it's not the short, stumpy, ornamental form I'd visualised on specimen image. Therefore, some discrepancy by association to preconceived visuals can be dropped from now on!
close up of inflorescence and fruits
Additional info is available in an earlier post The Areca Nut Palm.
Its ripe orange fruits (betel nuts) when dried are highly sought by locals and are chewed for both medicinal and stimulant properties.
trunk and exposed roots
Interesting to note however, despite its strength and grace, this dwarf form is rarely planted (homes and landscaped gardens alike) and surprised even myself till now, to know it existed. Thanks to the Secret Garden!