|Etymology||Genus||Needle, in reference to the leaflets|
|Species||Tall, reference to name unknown|
|Synonyms||Chamaerops excelsa Thun., Rhapis major Blume|
|Common Names||Bamboo Palm, Fern Rhapis|
|Status||Exotic: Cultivated Only|
|Native Distribution||China, Japan|
Rhapis excelsa is a shrubby palm cultivated widely here. It has palmate fronds, with each leaflet ending with zagged tips, and grows in dense clumps.
A similar species, Rhapis multifid has more slender and numerous leaflets, and with pointed tips.
Densely clustered Rhapis excelsa.
Zagged leaflet tips.
Ripe white fruits.