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Ravenala madagascariensis

Traveller's Palm


Not really a palm, but it certainly has a tropical look, with its huge banana-like leaves arranged in a fan pattern. Far too big and invasive for modern suburban gardens. If you can get hold of a plant, you might like to keep it in a pot or contained area for fast tropical effects.

Clean off dead leaves and flowers regularly and remove unwanted suckers to keep it looking tidy.


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Where to buy Traveller's Palm

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You may find this plant difficult to find commercially. Tropical plant specialists (check the Nursery Guide) might carry it. Alternatively, try Strelitzia nicolai, which is quite similar in appearance and easier to obtain in garden centres.


Other information online

Travelers Tree, Ravenala madagascariensis Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute, California
Traveler's-Tree (Traveler's "Palm") Ravenala madagascariensis Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Travellers Palm Seeds Post at the "A Yard In Fort Pierce" blog
On Ravenala madagascariensis Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, California
Ravenala madagascariensis Kauai Community College, Hawaii

Traveller's Palm

Traveller's Palm
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