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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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Jul 2011 – Chrysalidocarpus Lutescens

Chrysalidocarpus Lutescens

Chrysalidocarpus Lutescens
(Butterfly Palm, Golden Cane Palm, Yellow Cane Palm)

The first common name of this palm arises from the clumps of slender, golden stems and leaf stalks that each plant produces. The stems grow up to 10 meter tall and each is topped with a crown of curved, yellowish-green pinnate fronds.

New canes are produced from the base of the clump as the older canes mature. This spineless and very decorative palm is native to Madagascar where it grows in large thickets along streams, in littoral forests and in sand dunes.

The golden colouration is especially pronounced in starved specimens or tose grown in a very hot, sunny position. Golden Cane Palm is very popular in the tropics and subtropics but can even be grown in temperate regions...

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