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.
Images captured with a Fuji X-30 mirrorless camera. Good Day.
Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia