This exquisite small clustering palm hails from southern china. It has a slender trunk covered with brown matted fiber, reaches 8 - 12 feet in height; the multiple stems form dense thickets. Each trunk carries 4-10 deeply divided shiny green erect palmate leaves up to 2 1/2 feet in width on a petiole 12-18 inches long. Separate male and female plants, sometimes both sexes are on the same plant. Slender short inflorescences emerge from among upper leaves bearing white flowers, producing small white fruits 1/2 inch in diameter containing a single seed, which germinates in several months. The palm is widely adapted to well watered soil conditions, but needs fertilizer. Susceptible to scale and mealybugs. Ideal as a hedge or shrub around buildings or as a specimen palm. Best grown in partial shade as direct sun will yellow leaves and even burn them. Lady palms can be grown as a solitary plant by removal of new stems. Dwarf varieties, 2 - 3 feet tall, are very popular indoor pot palms in japan, especially those with variegated leaves.