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Ravenala Madagascariensis

The ravenala madagascariensis (scientific name) is known as the traveler's palm.  This plant's family name is Strelitziaceae.  It is a close relative to the banana plant as well as the bird of paradise.  The ravenala is endemic, meaning native, to Madagascar.

There are many usages for this plant; for example: its blue seeds are used for food, sugar is obtained from the sap, its wood is used for construction, the leaves for thatching, and the leafstalk contains water which travelers would drink to quench their thirst.


Plants are located near the Performing Arts Center.
Photos by Nalani Vidal © 2004

Tiare

The tiare is also known as the Tahitian gardenia.This plant's family name is Rubiaceae. It is a close relative to coffee. The tiare is said to have originated from the Society Islands.

This plant's flower has a sweet fragrance and is popular with the Polynesian people who would make leis or wear them in their hair. 


Plants are located near the Learning Resource Center.
Photos by Nalani Vidal © 2004

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