Rhapis excelsa (Thunb.) Henry

Etymology Genus Needle, in reference to the leaflets
Species Tall, reference to name unknown
Family Arecaceae
Synonyms Chamaerops excelsa Thun., Rhapis major Blume
Common Names Bamboo Palm, Fern Rhapis
Status Exotic: Cultivated Only
Form Shrub
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.

Palmate leaves.

Zagged leaflet tips.

Fibrous stem.

Ripe white fruits.



Author: Jake
Posted: 2018-11-09