Rhapis excelsa

GENERAL STATEMENT OF SPECIES

DESCRIPTION

CULTURE

GENERAL STATEMENT OF SPECIES

Rhapis excelsa (Thunb.) A. Henry ex Rehder
Lady palm, Bamboo palm.
Southern China.
Common

DESCRIPTION

Several trunks
Palmate
Less than 3 m.
No
Less than 6 m.
No
Less than 5 cm.
Dioicous plants

CULTURE

-6ºC
Fertile
Slow
Medium
Semi sombra
Excellent
Low
Yes
Medium
Medium difficulty
Low

Native to forested areas in south-east China.

It is one of the best plants to use as a decorative houseplant as it needs very little light and water to thrive.

It has also proved to acclimatize perfectly well in gardens with a Mediterranean climate as long as it is not planted in a spot with too much sun.

It can grow to form groups which are several metres across with very slim trunks which are somewhat reminiscent of bamboo cane if stripped of the brown fibre covering them (remains of leaves).

Although it tolerates practically all kinds of soil as well as drought, it prefers rich, damp soil.

There are numerous varieties and cultivars, even some dwarf forms and ones with variegated leaves. It has been used as an ornamental plant in China and Japan for centuries.