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Rhapis excelsa - Lady Palm

Rhapis excelsa - Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa - Lady Palm)

One of my Lady Palms...this palm was a tiny shoot which broke off my mother plant over 15 years ago...and it's been in the same pot for that long. Photo taken by the front door on Jan. 14, 2011.

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You know what's so ironic (or ludicrous) about Lady palms? They are all male plants. This is no joke!

One would think it would have been named: Man Palm or Male, Guy Palm...don't you think? This has perplexed me for more than 25 years. lol! :>/

15 Jan, 2011


Its done very well for being a tiny shoot and in the same pot for that amount of time. Lol perhaps its a bit of both

15 Jan, 2011



Yes, it has done pretty well. It would be larger if I had it in a larger container. It will be transplanted in the next couple of the terra cotta pot is disintegrating.

16 Jan, 2011


Will look forward to seeing if it grows even more then.

16 Jan, 2011


Hehehe like it .:O)
The obvious question is How to the littles arrive ?:o)))))

16 Jan, 2011



That's another question I've been asking for year!

It's thought maybe Rhapis excelsa (Lady Palm) could be a naturally occurring no female palms have ever been discovered nor documented. So, to answer your question they've all be propagated vegetatively (or asexually).

17 Jan, 2011


That explains why I've never seen any seedlings for sale, and one reason why they are so expensive! I guess that all of the different varieties must be bud sports.

18 Jan, 2011



From what I've heard and read all the varieties are bud sports. Some of the variegated varieties can be extremely expensive.

18 Jan, 2011


I would probably be looking for the original ancestors, recrossing them, and then doubling the chromosome number to get a synthetic species, starting with males and females. Anyone got a million or so to lend me, so I can start my own plant breeding operation? ; )

18 Jan, 2011


I'll just check my balance ...UUmmmm that'll be be no then....LOL.

19 Jan, 2011


LOL! No surprises there--that's anybody's smart response! : D

19 Jan, 2011

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