South American Travellers Palm
Not many people know about the existence of this forgotten South American cousin of the Madagascan Travellers Palm, Ravenala madagascariensis. At home in northern South America, it makes a desirable and very fast growing ornamental for tropical and warm subtropical areas; and is also an excellent potted plant when young, due to its unusual shape. Its leaves are arranged in a single plane in a fan-like manner and at maturity it produces huge, upright, Heliconia-like inflorescences. Phenakospermum is still virtually unknown in cultivation.