Popular name: Traveler’s palm
Scientific name: Ravenala madagascariensis
Its major hand fan-shaped leaves arouse the attention of visitors at Inhotim. It is the traveler’s palm, a plant that is the symbol of Madagascar. Very used for landscape design purposes in several parts of the world, in its homeland African island it is much more than an ornamental plant.
In rural communities there, the whole body of the plant is used, nothing is discarded. It is most importantly used as house construction material. It is also enjoyed as food for families and farm animals, medicine, tools, and household implements.