Ravenala madagascariensis

Common Name Traveler's Palm
Type of Plant Palm

This stunning palm is a member of the Bird of Paradise family! This is unsurprising to those who have seen its similarly shaped, white-ish flowers. Its common name comes from the particular shape and orientation of its fronds, each with a hollow section that holds rainwater, which may have been used as a source of drinking water for thirsty travelers throughout Madagascar. In addition, it often orients its fronds from North to South or vice versa, though it shouldn't be treated as a compass as this is not always the case! It can be container grown to minimize its size but fully mature, it tends to cluster like a banana tree. It reaches up to 50feet high in habitat but is often shorter when cultivated.

Requirements Flood tolerant and salt tolerant, this palm is accustomed to sub-tropical climates and can withstand monsoon season. Despite, this a consistently moist and well-drained soil is ideal for this palm to thrive.
Country of Origin Madagascar
Cold Tolerance 27
Sun Needs Light Shade
Water Needs Medium
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