Ravenala madagascariensis-Travelers palm

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rashida atthar

Sep 2, 2009, 9:33:02 PM9/2/09
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This very unique palm ( not a true palm) combination of part banana plant and part palm tree is planted at the Sagar upvan (BPT Gardens), Mumbai. It is from what I read a monotypic -only species in its genus. It is commomnly called travelers palm because sheaths of the stem hold rainwater which can be used by travellers.
The trunk of the palm is underneath during its early years, but as it grows it reveals the trunk and looses of the leaves. Pic taken on 30 August'09.


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Gurcharan Singh

Sep 3, 2009, 7:38:49 AM9/3/09
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Yes Rashida ji,very graceful plant,  we have few in our Gardenin Delhi. I will send photographs with inflorescence in separate post
Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Associate Professor
SGTB Khalsa College
University of Delhi, Delhi

Padmini Raghavan

Sep 3, 2009, 1:18:08 PM9/3/09
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One of the posts on the net said that it was called a "traveller's palm" because its leaves were aligned in a North-South direction.
Is that substantiated by the palms in your gardens?
Padmini Raghavan

Dinesh Valke

Sep 3, 2009, 2:36:19 PM9/3/09
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Padmini ji, there are few palms at O P Garden (Observation Point Garden, also known as Chota Kashmir) in Aarey Milk Colony, Mumbai.
... the plants are not aligned North-South.
Map attached showing arrows in two places; the plants are aligned along arrows.
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