Ravenala madagascariensis: Traveller’s Palm

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Ravenala madagascariensis commonly known as Traveller’s Tree or Traveller’s Palm. It has been given the name “traveller’s palm” because the sheaths of the stems hold rainwater, which can be used as an emergency drinking supply, specially for the traveller, and also because the fan tends to grow in an east-west line, providing a crude compass.

Photo: GBTBSingapore 20120719

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