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by Gerri Reaves
Versatile lady palm (Rhapis excelsa) is
a densely clumping species native to
Other common names for this dwarf palm
include lady finger palm, broadleaf lady palm
and bamboo palm.
It spreads via rhizomes, stem-like roots,
sometimes reaching a width equal to its height,
which is as much as 12 feet. The dense canes
make this slow-growing palm useful as a hedge
For a different look, the foliage can be
trimmed away to display the attractive canes,
which are about an inch wide, resemble bam-
boo, and are wrapped with brown fiber. The
peeled stems have been used to make walking
Because it will grow well in shade, is cold-
hardy and somewhat salt-tolerant, it will do well
in spots where other palms might not.
Plants grown in shade tend to have the deep-
est green foliage. Yellowing can result from too
It is also popular as a patio or indoor pot
The fan-shaped leaves of about a foot across
are divided into five to 10 ribbed strap-like seg-
ments that have squarish tips with saw-toothed
edges. The Greek word rhapis, which means
needle, refers to the needle-like edges.
The inconspicuous white or yellowish flowers
have a pleasing fragrance and the dark fleshy
fruits are inedible. Male and female flowers are
produced on different plants.
Obtain new plants from the suckers or by
dividing the clumps.
Sources: A Handbook of Landscape Palms
by Jan Allyn; Florida, 500 Plants of South
Florida by Julia F. Morton; My Eden by Fred-
eric B. Stresau; botanical-journeys-plant-guides.
com; edis.ifas.ufl.edu; florida-palm-trees.com;
floridata.com; palmpedia.net; and south-florida-
Plant Smart explores the diverse flora of
Non-native lady palm grows well in shade
photos by Gerri Reaves
The palm spreads via rhizomes and forms dense
Dancers Perform At
When night falls on Saturday, October 17, Zombi-
con 2015 hits downtown Fort Myers in an epic
zombie-themed street fest. Featured this year are
over five stages of performers.
The Hot Flashz, the area’s favorite non-profit dance
team of women all over age 45, will perform on stage at
Zombiqueen Cabaret in front of the Sidney & Berne Davis
Art Center starting at 6:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by
Pushing Daizies, a non-profit group that bands together to
foster creativity and a love of art and music in our com-
munity. A $5 donation is asked upon entry to benefit this
charity. There will be six entry points. Get your wristband
or fast pass at the entrance and be eligible for awesome
drink specials during Zombicon and to win super secret
special prizes during the Zombiqueen Show.
The Hot Flashz raise money to help support their
primary charities including Camp Boggy Creek, founded by
the late Paul Newman and General H. Norman Schwarz-
kopf. This is a Florida camp for children with life-threaten-
ing illnesses. They also support Special Operations Warrior
Foundation. This organization is located in Tampa and
provides full college scholarship grants as well as education
and family counseling to the children of military personnel
who die in service. They also provide immediate financial
assistance to severely wounded military and their families.
The Hot Flashz perform a highly entertaining show.
Upcoming performances include:
October 3 – Sterling House, 1251 Business Way, Le-
high Acres, 1:30 p.m .
October 10 – Glenview at Pelican Bay, 100 Glenview
Place, Naples, 3:30 p.m.
October 11 – Fleamaster’s Fall Festival, 4135 Martin
Luther King Blvd., Fort Myers, 10:30 a.m.
October 17 – Zombiqueen Cabaret, Sidney & Berne
Davis Art Center Stage, Fort Myers, 6:30 p.m.
October 24 – Tanger Mall Business Expo/Chili
Cookoff, 20350 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers, 2
October 25 – Bentley Village, 875 Retreat
Drive, Naples, 2 p.m.
Coming To FSW
For those who like freshly picked organic fruits
and vegetables, locally caught seafood, baked
goods and other items can get their fill every
Saturday beginning October 3 on the Fort Myers
campus of Florida SouthWestern State College
FSW has partnered with Local Roots to bring
a farmer’s market on campus. The market will
be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
October 3 through April 30. It will be located in
the parking lot off the College Parkway entrance
to the campus.
Over 40 vendors are expected to participate.
In addition to fresh organic foods and baked
goods, there will also be barbecued ribs and
smoked chicken cooked onsite, healthy smooth-
ies blended onsite, international and domestic
cheeses, gluten-free treats and meals to go. There
will also be handcrafted jewelry, pottery and wood
products, soaps, essential oils and glass-fused art.
For more information, visit www.buylocalee.
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