Traveler’s Palm is one of the most interesting tree-like plants. Traveler’s palm is not a true palm. In part it looks like banana plant and in part a palm tree.
The leaves are up to 10 ft long and 12-20 inches wide. Young traveler’s palms have no visible trunk which, is underground. In adult plants, the trunk emerges above the ground, raising the symmetrical leaf-fan to heights ranging from 30-60 ft.
The green palmlike trunk grows up to 1 ft in diameter and displays distinctive trunk leaf scar rings.
The small white flowers, in a foot long inflorescence, are held in bracts. In these bracts and leaf folds, rainwater is collected.
The fruits are brown while the seeds are blue.
The fruits and seeds are edible.
The leaves are used for roofing and as a packing material. The leaf petioles and midribs are used for making walls. The bark is used for making floors in houses.
In these bracts and leaf folds, rainwater is collected, which can be consumed by thirsty travelers, what gives it the name traveler’s palm.