Rhapis L.f.

Lady Palm

Greek rhapis – needle, apparently referring to the leaflets.

Dwarf to small spineless and toothless clustering palms. Trunks slender, bamboo-like and with persistent adhering grey or black sheath fibres. Crownshaft absent. Leaves fan-shaped and without a midrib, divided almost to the base. Leaflets 2-many, ribbed. Flowers unisexual, the sexes on different plants. Panicles short, arising among the leaves. Fruit a small, round, 1 seeded berry.

Grow naturally in dry forests, often on limestone. A genus much in need of revision.

Popular palms widely grown for indoor decoration.

Fresh seed germinates readily. Clumps can be readily divided.

Dwarf to small palms with slender fibre-covered stems and deeply divided fan-shaped leaves.

About 12 species distributed in southern China, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and Sumatra.

Bailey (1939a), McKamey (1989), Hastings (2003).

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.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Arecales
family       Arecaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Rhapis excelsa (Thunb.) Rehder
species         Rhapis humilis Blume