Palm - Rhapis humilis

Upper Botanical Garden

Native to China, it is a small, slow-growing (up to 6 m high), caespitose palm; it has stiff, rush-like stems that are thinner than those of Rhapis excelsa. The fan-shaped leaves are 20-30 cm long and are divided into 10-20 thinner sections. It is a thermophilic plant, so even in winter it does not tolerate temperatures below 10°C. It prefers a sunny exposure, but sheltered from direct sunlight. It is well adapted to growing in pots. It is a dioecious plant (with distinct male and female individuals), it reproduces by seed but much more easily by division of the tufts that form at the base of the plant.

Paolo Basetti