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Amazing the number of different Palms. We were recently in the Caribbean and saw a interesting type of Fan Palm (sorry don't know scientific name). We were told no matter how it was planted it always turned to face a certain way.
not true... Ravenala madagascariensis can orient any way it wants to, and eventually suckers... suckers almost always have a different orientation. Not a palm by the way... just has 'palm' in the common name. More closely related to a banana and even more closely related to Bird of Paradise (the Strelitzias). Not a good plant for deserts, either... leaves fry in the dry heat, and plant needs a LOT of humidity to look good and grow well. Also a very thirsty species.
Thank you palmbob! sorry so long in replying. I rarely get into this. Your info was very interesting. This tree or plant did look good everytime we saw it that week. The people giving these tours were not always very knowledgeable, probably just gave us what they thought was interesting. However, being related to a banana or Bird of Paradise is even more interesting. Living in the midwest, I have 0 experience w/ palms. So thank you again.