Ravenala madagascariensis, Traveler’s Palm.

Native to Madagascar. Related to Bird-of-Paradise.

These incredible specimens are in the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek Garden in Chiang Mai Thailand. I have seen these in sunny, wind protected locations in the warmest winter parts of the Bay Area, as well as many places in Socal, South Florida and Hawaii, and they are eye catching, but they are almost always wind tattered. These are grown in a climate that is almost always hot and seldom windy. These would be great in a Topical Garden or in containers that you protected in the winter or moved inside.

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