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Rhapis humilis - Slender Lady Palm

Rhapis humilis - Slender Lady Palm (Rhapis humilis - Slender Lady Palm)

This Slender Lady Palm is growing in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. This is the most beautiful in my opinion of the Rhapis species.

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Love this palm - I'm a bit of a fan on the slender ones.

8 May, 2009


Oh I agree! very graceful!

8 May, 2009


Benieh, Lori:

Yes, this is a beautiful palm. It is however, not that readily available for sale. Because only male plants are know in the it has to be divided for distribution. Rhapis excelsa - Lady Palm is very widely available in nurseries, however, large plants command a large price because they are very slow growing. I'll post my large Rhapis excelsa - Lady Palm soon. It is only about 4.5 feet / 1.4 meters tall and I've had it over 20 years.

8 May, 2009


Ah that's a piece of irony! Male plants only...called Lady Palm! haha...wonder if some taxonomist had a little chuckle to himself?! lol.

9 May, 2009



Yes, that is ironic isn't it! LOL! I'm not sure if the taxonomist actually created the common name. The problem with common names is that they are locally (around the World) so different.

10 May, 2009


This Rhapis Humilis is amazing.....I can just imagine one of them in my courtyard, but unfortunately our frost will kill it.....

12 May, 2009


Louis, you may be surprised...they are hardy to 20 degrees F. / 6.7 degrees C. for short periods of time...from what I've read.

12 May, 2009


I love palms and this would look great in my garden. I don`t think it would survive our Winter though.....

23 Oct, 2009



Thanks! I love palms trees also.
Rhapis excelsa - Lady Palm is very hardy...tolerating
temps to 18 degrees F. / - 7.8 degrees C. Slender Lady
Palm - Rhapis humilis is just slightly less hardy.

23 Oct, 2009


I love palm trees and i bought some raphis palm and it looks so beautiful that i can't express in words. However, your raphis palm looks so beautiful. really. Moreover if you want to see some more categories of palm trees you can visit this website as i bought raphis trees from this organization and they helped me a lot .Check this link out

4 Jan, 2012



Thank you! This palm is located in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. There's most likely more than 400 species of palms growing outside there. I do know quite a bit about palms...I have more than 100 species of palms growing outside in my garden. I joined The International Palm Society back in 1984. I'm also, the GoYpedia palm editor.

4 Jan, 2012


In that case Delonix1, if I see this Slender Lady Palm, I might be tempted and give it a go ... Thanks for the information :-)

6 Jan, 2012



Raphis excelsa is much hardier than R. humilis. That may be the best species to grow in your climate.

7 Jan, 2012


Never seen one for sale. I cant say I've seen one outdoors in the bay area. The SF botanical garden has a huge one IN their library.

11 Oct, 2014


I've seen several in the Bay Area. It's a very easy palm to grow there. It loves Hayward's climate!

12 Oct, 2014

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