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Ravenala madagascariensis, photo courtesy of Doreen L. Wynja
Ravenala madagascariensis, photo courtesy of Doreen L. Wynja

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Zones 24, H2
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Regular Water
Moderate

Ravenala madagascariensis

Traveler's Tree, Traveler's Palm
Strelitziaceae
Evergreen, Trees

This spectacular Madagascarnative grows to 30–40 ft. tall,25–30 ft. wide, with large,banana-like leaves held in theshape of a gigantic fan atop anunbranched trunk. Protect fromstrong winds, which will shredthe leaves. Small plants havesome shade tolerance, canbe used as potted specimens.Jungle travelers can find rainwaterin Ravenala’s flowerbracts and leaf sheaths—thusthe common name.

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