Ravenala Palm Tree

This gorgeous palm tree, which looks like a fan, is a species from far away Madagascar. Its scientific name is Ravenala madagascariensis, commonly known as “traveller’s tree” or “traveller’s palm”.  The scientific name Ravenala originates from “Malagasy ravinala” meaning “forest leaves”.

It has been given the name “traveller’s palm” because the sheaths of the stems hold rainwater, which supposedly could be used as an emergency drinking supply for needy travellers. However, the water inside the plant is murky, black and smelly and should not be consumed without purification. Another plausible reason for its name is that the fan tends to grow on an east-west line, providing a crude compass.

The enormous paddle-shaped leaves are borne on long petioles, in a distinctive fan shape aligned in a single plane.  Enjoy.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Images captured with a Fuji X-30 mirrorless camera.  Good Day.

Source:  Wikipedia Encyclopedia


7 thoughts on “Ravenala Palm Tree”

  1. Searching in Google about this palm tree, I bumpted into hundreds of different species of palm trees. Indeed our Lord was very generous when he created Eden for us to enjoy.

    Take care. 🙂


  2. Hi Janet:

    The answer is yes. They look exactly like the one in the pictures, since our weather in Panama is pretty much the same all year round. We only have two seasons; wet and dry season.

    I enjoy seeing them blowing gracefully in the wind when I drive by.



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