Traveler’s palm


Traveler’s palm, thus called although it is not a true palm (Family Arecaceae), is native to Madagascar. It reaches a height of 60 feet, with several ringed, rough trunks 1 foot or more in diameter. Leaves are up to 15 feet long and form an open fan. The inflorescences are about 2 feet long and arise among the leaves, they are composed of two rows of up to nine boat-like bracts that contain white flowers. The fruits are hard capsules about 3 inches long containing blue seeds. It flowers and produces fruits throughout the year. The generic name derives from the common name of the species in Madagascar. The species name refers to its geographic origin.

The photographed plant is in front of the Piñero Building. There are other specimens in the garden across from the Monzón Building, near the Barcelona Street entrance, in the patio of the Stefani Building, in front of the de Diego Building, and in front of the Natatorium.

Fruits: this link.

Ravenala madagascariensis (Strelitziaceae)