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R. micrantha is a species that is similar to R. excelsa differing in that the six to ten leaf segments are divided to the junction with the petiole. Individual leaf segments are up to 250mm long and 40mm wide, conspicuously ribbed, and with pointed tips. The leaf sheaths fibrous margins are held flattened to the canes, not ruffled up as in R. excelsa. The inflorescence is interfoliar and branched to second possibly third order with small flowers. The fruit is also similar to R. excelsa but are larger being 8-9mm in diameter.
Heinz-Dieter Froehlingsdorf, South Australia.
Reproduced from Palms & Cycads No. 39, Apr-Jun 1993.