Ravenala Adans.

Traveller's Tree

Native Madagascan name.

For description see R. madagscariensis.

Seed and suckers.

The floral bracts and leaf bases hold rainwater water that may be drunk in emergencies, the 2-ranked leaves are said to be orientated in an east-west direction (doubtful) and the seeds are edible.The pith is also edible and used as feed for stock.

Spectacular fan-like arrangement of the 2-ranked leaves; spathes more than 5; petals more or less equal; fertile stamens 6; aril bluish.

1 species from Madagascar.

Source: Spencer, R. (2005). Strelitziaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Zingiberales
family       Strelitziaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Ravenala madagascariensis Sonn.