Usually known as both traveler’s palm or traveler’s tree, Ravenala madagascariensis is palm-like and tree-like however is definitely a big relative of the extra acquainted bird-of-paradise (Strelitzia reginae).
Native to rainforest areas of Madagascar, it’s the solely species in its genus.
Its most distinctive function is the distinctive two-ranked association of the lengthy stalked leaves offering a dramatic, flattened fan of foliage held towards the sky.
One false impression is that the traveler’s tree is so named as a result of its followers of foliage at all times face a sure path and could also be used as a compass by vacationers; nonetheless, the actual cause for the identify is that each the flower bracts and leaf bases seize and maintain giant quantities of rainwater that can be utilized as a supply of potable water by vacationers in distant areas. It’s extremely delicate to chilly, however can develop in Southern California in a frost-free web site not removed from the ocean.
Traveller’s palm details from the Eden Venture