12. Rhapis Linn. f. in Ait. Hort. Kew. ed. 1.3:437. 1789. Becc. in Ann. Roy. Bot. Gard. Calc. 13:243-253. 1933; Chittenden, Diet. Gard. 4: 1756. 1951; Bailey, Man. Cult. Pl. (reprint ed.) 166. 1966; Whitmore, Palm. Mal. 103. 1973.
KAMAL A. MALIK
Small dioecious, 1.5 or occasionally 3 m tall palms forming dense clumps. Stem slender, enclosed in a fibrous network. Leaves palmate, spaced along the stem, midrib absent, palmately segmented nearly to the base, induplicate, leaflets blunt-tipped, several ribbed, margin toothed. Fibrous leaf-sheath at the base of petiole. Inflorescence axillary, small. Flowers unisexual, calyx trilobed; petals connate; stamens 6, epipetalous; carpels 3, free. Fruit 1-3 per flower, small, one-seeded berries. Seeds thin, stony.
A genus with 12 species, distributed from Japan, S. China, Indo-China to Penninsular Thailand; represented in Pakistan by one cultivated species.