Ravenala madagascariensis Sonn.

Traveller's Tree

Clump-forming palm-like tree with unbranched trunks to 10 m or more tall, the upper part covered with leaf bases. Leaves 3-4 m long, like those of the banana, arranged in 2 ranks to form a spectacular fan shape; blades paddle-shaped and generally split; stalks channelled, sheathing at the base, about as long as the blades. Flowers white with 6 stamens. Fruit capsule containing numerous seeds with bright blue arils. Grown in warm climate gardens for the strongly architectural fan-like foliage.


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
genus        Ravenala Adans.