Ravenala sp. (Ambanja)
Orange Travellers Palm
The Travellers Palm, Ravenala madagascariensis is a plant related to bananas, heliconias and gingers and a popular ornamental worldwide. What is little known however is that lumped under this name are several quite distinct species that occupy different habitats on the island of Madagascar. This particular form is common in the northeast of the island. Is is more compact than the common form native to the east coast and has a smaller, shorther trunk, tightly packed leafbases that are dark, orangeish along the edges near the base and waxy whitish petioles.