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Ravenala madagascariensis  Madagascan Travelers Palm

Ravenala madagascariensis – Madagascan Travelers Palm Ravenala madagascariensis – Madagascan Travelers Palm Ravenala madagascariensis – Madagascan Travelers Palm
Product Code: Y3-05100
Ornamental Value: Beautiful
Favorites: For Nurseries
Availability: Out of stock

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  • Ornamental Value (low–high) 5
  • Germination (difficult–easy) 3
  • Germination Time (years–days) 4
  • Plant Care (difficult–easy) 5
  • Speed of Growth (slow–fast) 4
  • Total 4
This famous Banana relative is not a palm at all, despite its common name, and is a popular ornamental in tropical regions throughout the world. Its most conspicuous characteristic is the distichous leaf arrangement, which gives the entire plant the appearance of a huge fan. The Madagascan Travelers Palm derives its name from its capacity to hold water in the leafbases for long periods of time after a rainfall, providing water for weary travellers, even during a drought, ...or so the story goes. The long leaves catch the rain, and the rain flows down to the leafbases, which are stacked into each other and attached to the trunk at an upward angle. If you poke a hole in the leafbase with a stick, a stream of surprisingly clean water will flow out. The seeds are somewhat erratic to germinate but the resulting plant is VERY fast growing. The waxy, blue seed cover may contain germination inhibitors and should be removed for better results. High daytime temperatures may help to trigger faster and more uniform germination, and a hot water treatment before sowing and soaking may also improve results.
Cultural Requirements
Sun Exposure Full sun from early age
Light shade when young
Light shade in dry, hot climates
Frost Tolerance None
Growth Rate Very fast
Growth Form Medium Tree
Small Tree
Palmlike Tree
Ornamental Value Beautiful
Properties Evergreen
Hazards Child and Pet Friendly
Gardening Indoor
Agriculture/Forestry Fire Resistant
Quick Canopy
Plant Group Strelitzias
Botanical Order Zingiberales
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