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Rhapis excelsa
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Rhapis excelsa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Rhapis
Species: R. excelsa
Binomial name
Rhapis excelsa
(Thunb.) A.Henry

Rhapis excelsa also known as Broadleaf Lady Palm is a species of fan palm (Arecaceae subfamily Coryphoideae, tribe Corypheae) in the genus Rhapis, probably native to southern China and Taiwan. It is not known in the wild; all known plants come from cultivated groups in China. They were first collected by the Japanese for Tokugawa shogunate palaces, then popularity spread to Europe, and later to America where its low light and humidity requirements make it a common feature in malls and offices. The genus name is Greek - rhapis, meaning "needle"; and the species name is Latin for "tall", an ironic name choice as R. excelsa is not the tallest in the genus.


R. excelsa grows up to 4 m in height and 30 mm in diameter in multi-stemmed clumps with glossy, palmate leaves divided into broad, ribbed segments. Leaf segments are single or few in young plants and increase to a dozen or more in mature plants; segments are divided to the petiole. Leaf-ends are saw-toothed unlike most other palms, occurring on slender petioles ranging from 20 to 60 cm in length. New foliage emerges from a fibrous sheath which remains attached to the base. As the plants age, the sheaths fall, revealing the bamboo-like trunks. This usually dioecious palm species produces a small inflorescence at the top of the plant with spirally-arranged, fleshy flowers containing three petals fused at the base. Ripe fruit are fleshy and white, though R. excelsa more readily propagates via underground rhizome offshoots.


  • Moore, H. E., Jr. (1963). An annotated checklist of cultivated palms. Principes 7: 162, 180.S
  • Zhong Guo & Hua Jing. (1993). China Floral Encyclopaedia
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The West Australian

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Thu, 14 May 2015 23:11:15 -0700

Low light: Zanzibar gem (Zamioculcas zamiifolia), Chinese lucky plant (aglaonema), cast-iron plant (aspidistra), lady palm (Rhapis excelsa), happy plant (Dracaena sanderiana). Medium light: Peace lily (Spathyphyllum Sensation), bromeliad, diffenbachia, ...
Thu, 07 May 2015 06:02:54 -0700

Napríklad zakrpatený datľovník či palmička Rhapis excelsa pohltia za hodinu toľko škodlivín, že by mohli konkurovať čističke vzduchu. Nenáročná chamaedora úhľadná, prezývaná aj bambusová palma, pohlcuje formaldehyd a výborne zvlhčuje vzduch.

Chicago Tribune

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Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:16:37 -0700

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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:03:45 -0700

Another palm that does well in shade that grows to about 15 feet is Rhapis excelsa, the lady palm. Also an excellent house and patio plant, the lady palm will also take temperatures down into the 20s. If it becomes too tall for your planting spot ...

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