Have always wondered if I'd ever find a flowering Rhapis in the local landscape. So, what joy it is to find the rarer still, flowering subtilis. I had originally mistaken this plant to be the multifida! But information sourced has it that the multifida in cultivation are mainly male plants.
As I've not seen any Rhapis inflorescence before, so here's another of my exceptional sighting...
They arose interfoliar, between the stems and the petioles in brown papery bracts. Once opened, they display tiny, stiff looking, green buds on small branchlets.
|tip of the inflorescence|
I've gone for a close ups which probably did not turn out as well as expected. Anyway, just knowing what this Rhapis inflorescence look like is good enough for me. Actually, reminds me of some local weeds/wild grasses in seeds.