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Friday, October 1, 2010
Sky through the Travellers' Palm
This fine specimen of the Travellers' Palm Ravenala madagascarensis is in the 18th century garden of Tipu Sultan's Palace in Bangalore. Although it is called a palm, it really belongsto the Bird of Paradise family. Its common name has come because the sheaths of its stem hold rain water. Travellers in the olden days made use of this. The flowers of this plant resemble those of Strelitzia , but they are white. This is my contribution to Skywatch Friday.