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Useful Tropical Plants

Rhapis excelsa

(Thunb.) A.Henry

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Chamaerops excelsa Thunb.

Chamaerops kwanwortsik Siebold ex H.Wendl.

Rhapis aspera W.H.Baxter

Rhapis cordata W.H.Baxter

Rhapis divaricata Gagnep.

Rhapis javanica Blume

Rhapis major Blume

Trachycarpus excelsus (Thunb.) H.Wendl.

Common Name: Bamboo Palm

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General Information

Rhapis excelsa is a clump-forming, evergreen palm with unbranched stems up to 3 metres tall and 15mm in diameter, each of which is topped by a crown of leaves. The plant spreads by means of rhizomes to form large, loose colonies[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of materials. It is widely planted as an ornamental and grows well as a pot plant in houses[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - southern China (Fujian, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hainan, Yunnan), Thailand, northern Vietnam

Habitat

Scattered localities in lowland forests or dry forests, on slopes; at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Grows best in a sheltered, shady position, though in regions where humidity is high and the soil does not dy out it can succeed in a sunny position[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The stems are used for making chopsticks and walking sticks[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Division of suckers.
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