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
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[
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[
E. Asia - southern China (Fujian, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hainan, Yunnan), Thailand, northern Vietnam
Scattered localities in lowland forests or dry forests, on slopes; at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
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[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
The stems are used for making chopsticks and walking sticks[
Division of suckers.
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