Mar 2013 – Ravenala Madagascariensis

Ravenala Madagascariensis

Ravenala Madagascariensis
(Traveller’s Palm, 旅人蕉)

Ravenala Madagascariensis, commonly known as Trvaller’s Tree or Traveller’s Palm, is a species of plant from Madagascar. The enormous paddle-shaped leaves are borne on long petioles, in a distinctive fan shape aligned in a single plane.

In tropical and subtropicall regions, the plant is widely cultivated for its distinctive habit and foliage. As the plant grows older, it progressively loses the lowest or oldest leaves and reveals a sturdy grey trunk.

The plant requires a sunny spot. It responds well to fertiliser, especially if it is high in nitrogen during the growing season. This produces better growth and foliage. The plant grows to an average height of 7 meters and requires moderate water.

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