1320.000 Ravenala Adans. - Travellers-palms

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Herbs, palm-like, solitary or clump-forming; trunk woody, unbranched, to 20 m tall. Leaves in 1-plane, 2-ranked, arranged flat and fan-like, erect, glaucous; lamina banana-like, oblong to narrowly elliptic, 3-4 m long, base truncate, apex rounded, leathery; petiole same length as lamina. Inflorescence cymose, lateral, compact, glaucous; spathes 6-12, 2-ranked; bracts lanceolate, leathery. Flowers greenish-white; tepals tapering, linear; calyx segments 3; corolla segments 3, 2 of which are larger. Fruit capsules, opening by 3 valves. Seeds kidney-shaped, blackish, aril bright blue, shredding.

Derivation of name: Based on a Madagascan name

Worldwide: One species, occurring in Madagascar

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ravenala
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ravenala
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ravenala
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ravenala
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iNaturalist: Ravenala
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ravenala
JSTOR Plant Science: Ravenala
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ravenala
Plants of the World Online: Ravenala
Tropicos: Ravenala
Wikipedia: Ravenala

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Ravenala.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2068, retrieved 18 April 2024

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