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Ravenala madagascariensis, commonly called traveller's tree or traveller's palm, is a large tree-like plant which is native to moist forests in Madagascar where it will grow over 30ft tall.
Genus name comes from the native name in Madagascar. It has now been planted in areas around the world, including far southern Florida into the Keys, southern Texas, southern California and Hawaii. This plant features an unbranched trunk (to 12" diameter) which is topped by a fan-shaped single plane of enormous, long-stalked, banana-like, deep green leaves (20-30 per trunk). Each leaf blade is 5-10' long by 2-3' wide and appears at the end of a thick, grooved leaf stalk (petiole) which is as long or longer than the leaf blade. Leaf margins are sometimes split as is the case with some bananas. Up to one quart of rain water will accumulate in the expanded and cupped base of each leaf stalk, giving rise to the common names for this plant which suggests an emergency drinking water source for travellers in need. Showy 3-petaled white flowers in cymes rise from boat-shaped spathes in a manner reminiscent of this plant's bird-of-paradise (Strelitzia) relative.
Can be kept in large pot to restrict the size of the plant.

Buy 4 packages for FREE SHIPPING! I only use Pass the parcel. Too many orders went missing with NZPost.
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I have a large personal collection of rare named and hybrid Adeniums (desert rose) & tropical Frangipani plants. I will be taking requests soon for any coloured plants you desire including Multi- grafted plants.

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  • Seller location: Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, NZ

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