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Rhapis excelsa, commonly known as the lady palm, is a species of small palm tree that is native to Southeast Asia. It is a popular ornamental plant that is prized for its attractive appearance and relative ease of care.
The lady palm typically grows to a height of 2 to 3 meters, with multiple slender stems that are covered in a fibrous layer of old leaf bases. The leaves are palmate, with numerous small leaflets arranged along a central axis, and are typically about 20 to 40 centimeters in length. The fronds are dark green and have a dense, bushy appearance.
The lady palm is a hardy and adaptable plant that can tolerate a wide range of growing conditions. It prefers well-drained soil and partial to full shade, although it can also grow in partial sun. It is relatively drought-tolerant and can survive short periods of dryness, although it will benefit from regular watering during the growing season. The plant is also relatively pest-resistant, although it may be susceptible to spider mites and mealybugs.
In addition to its ornamental value, the lady palm has several practical uses. The leaves and stems of the plant are used for weaving baskets, hats, and mats, and the plant is also used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, such as fever, coughs, and rheumatism.
Overall, the lady palm is a versatile and attractive plant that is well-suited for use in indoor and outdoor landscaping. Its small size and ease of care make it a popular choice for adding a tropical touch to homes, offices, and gardens.
Mature Size / Spread / Form
|1.5 – 5m / 2 – 4m / Clump forming|
|Lustrous green / Cream|
|ARACACEAE / PALMAE|
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