Rhapis excelsa

Lady Palm, Bamboo Palm

(14 customer reviews)

From £74.95

An attractive and easy to care for indoor palm, the Rhapis excelsa features thick fan shaped leaves which have characteristic saw-toothed blunt tips.

Unlike the solitary thick trunks characteristic of many palms, Rhapis excelsa has many upright stems, providing a very lush appearance and gives it the nickname ‘The Bamboo Palm’.

Origin: China to N. Vietnam
Genus: Rhapis
Species / Cultivar: excelsa
Common Name: Lady Palm, Bamboo Palm
Synonym: Chamaerops excelsa

Plant Biography

Originating in cultivation in China, Rhapis excelsa is not known in the wild. During the Tokugawa Shogunate in Japan they gained popularity and were used to decorate palaces.

The genus ‘Rhapis’ is Greek for ‘needle’, whilst the species name ‘excelsa’ comes from Latin meaning ‘tall’; odd since outdoors it would only grow to a max height of about 3 metres, making it one of the smaller palms.

The multiple stems are possible because of its subterranean plant stems called rhizome offshoots, from which the clusters of stems emerge. When the stems age they lose their fibrous coating and become reminiscent of bamboo, hence the nickname ‘The Bamboo Palm’.

Rhapis excelsa
Light: Low
This plant will tolerate shadier positions with only a little natural light.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: >8°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Slow
Expect to see quite small amounts of growth over the years.
Final Size: Tall
Final size will work as a large stand-alone specimen plant.
Water Requirement: Light Watering
Water when several cm of soil depth is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold draughts and heat sources.
Maintenance: Low
Requires no attention beyond correct position and watering. An ideal starter plant!

Expert Tip

As Rhapis excelsa is very slow growing, we suggest buying a specimen that is already the desired size for the space it will live in.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Rhapis excelsa is one of the more shade tolerant palms, and can handle dry air, making it an excellent choice for darker rooms.

Water when the top few centimetres of its soil is dry to the touch, making sure it drains well and doesn’t collect at the roots.

Rhapis excelsa is a very slow growing palm, but mature specimens can reach up to 3-4 metres after many years of growth.

14 customer reviews for Rhapis excelsa

so glad I decided to order my palms from the Centre. Carefully packed, arrived within 24hours, beautiful, healthy, luscious tree. It looks perfect in my home.

Angela (verified owner)

Very happy with the quality of the Lady Palm delivered. Very healthy looking plant.

Very well packaged. Great service.

Simon T.

Excellent quality palm and a very pleased customer as have wanted one for a very long time. Perfect height for a house plant

Joanne M.

REALLY PLEASED WITH THIS PALM BOUGHT A FEW WEEKS BACK. QUALITY IS FANTASTIC AND REALLY
BUSHY AND LUSH. BOUGHT A LECHUZA POT IN SIZE QUADRO 50. HAVE POTTED IT UP AND LOOKS FAB. WONT NEED TO REPOT FOR AT LEAST 10 YEARS AND BEING SELF WATERING NO NEED TO WORRY WHEN ON HOLIDAY! IVE NOT SEEN RHAPIS PALMS OF THIS QUALITY AND PRICE ANYWHERE. IF YOU WANT ANY INDOOR PALM IN YOUR HOME THAN THIS REALLY IS THE BEST!

S KAVIA, OSTERLEY

Thank you very much for that beautiful Rhapis wich i was puchased from The Palm Centre. Palm has arived in very very good condition. Thank you so much Palm Centre.

Ioan-Mihai

I ordered 1 Rhapis Palm (along with 3 x Black Bamboo). It is a beautiful, healthy palm.
All of the plants arrived well wrapped and in brilliant condition. Great company to deal with and look forward to
ordering from them again.

Vanessa Gossage

What a fabulous palm plant. We ordered this plant to add a little life to our business decor and it has done just that. The Palm Centre have been a delight to deal with and the quality of this palm is far more than we hoped it would be. We will be back for more. David – http://www.river-studio.com

David – River Studio

The palm I received is a tall, excellent specimen with nice form and colour and looks very healthy. It arrived quickly, well packaged and in perfect condition. This is one of a total of 3 palms I ordered and I am very pleased with all three. I will be ordering more from Palm Centre.

Derek Robinson

Beautiful strong healthy plants – I have ordered four to date and the standard never wavers. Delivery is prompt and the plants are well packaged. Five star service.

Dave Woodhouse

I have been looking for a good example of this now somewhat rare plant for a long time ; I was not disappointed with the service or the plant I received. Very pleasant contact with staff members and the plant they sent was strong, green and crisply fresh. Price for the plant was excellent, carriage to N.Ireland had a surcharge but delivery was almost instant. If I have anything negative to say it would merely be to suggest they offer a range of sizes to include small plants that can be displayed as in Japan

John McGowan

Bought a lady palm from the palm centre on a visit to London in 1993 this palm is still growing and in very good condition, great palm highly recommended

A Edgar

Excellent, compact palm for the home. Ive had it a few months now and it is growing numerous new leaves.

Colin Talbot

super value and in first class condition many thanks

Reg Drown

I am overjoyed to find these quite uncommon palms at such a good price. The two I ordered arrived promptly, well packaged, in A1 condition and every bit as good looking as the Palm Centre website photos indicate.

Colin in Devon