Ravenala madagascariensis

Traveller's Palm, Traveller's Tree

  • Ravenala madagascariensis

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Growing Info

Scarification: If you do not like to use acid, try nicking the outer seed coat to allow water absorption or pour boiling water over seed , let stand in water for 24 hours, repeat process on seed that did not imbibe.|Treat seeds with sulfuric acid for 9 minutes, then rinse for 10 minutes.|The blue fringes must be removed from the seeds for better germination.
Stratification: none required
Germination: Cover the tray with a clear plastic zip-lock bag, or anything clear that creates a greenhouse-like atmosphere.|sow seed 1/2" deep, tamp the soil, keep moist but not wet

Other: acid treatment should be tested on a small sample, before subjecting the entire seed lot|Germination tends to be slow, Germinates faster in warmer temperatures. 

The Ravenala Madagascariensis, also known as the Traveller's Tree or Traveller's Palm, is an evergreen tree with a majestic fan-like crown. Towering up to 100 ft tall, this giant showcases cylindrical stems with large, banana-like leaves. Those leaves can grow between 8-15 ft long and span to 80-150cm wide. This unique fan-shaped arrangement lends itself to the tree’s name, collecting rainwater and plant secretions, which historically served as a refreshing drink for thirsty travellers.
Endemic to Madagascar, this rainforest dweller thrives in sheltered, warm, humid, and per-humid areas near the coast, anywhere from sea level up to 3000 ft. The Traveller’s Tree is known to produce an edible seed, used locally, and often grown for its striking ornamental value.
Traveller’s Tree is a pollinator hub, attracting a multitude of pollinators like lemurs, bats, and birds. Fascinatingly, in full bloom, a new flower opens every 2-3 days, predominantly at night, resulting in a stunning floral display.
Despite its grandeur, this evergreen marvel does take up to 10 years before flowering. However, it's the foliage rather than the blooms that draw people to this magnificent tree. Therefore, if you're seeking a breathtaking feature for your garden or landscape, look no further than the Traveller’s Tree.

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