Ravenala madagascariensis is the sole member of its genus and is closely related to the southern African genus Strelitzia and the South American genus Phenakospermum. Some older classifications include these genera in the banana family (Musaceae).
Ruffed lemurs are a known pollinator of this plant, and given the size and structure of the inflorescences, as well as the lemur's selectivity, method of feeding, and long muzzle, this relationship is thought to have co-evolved.
The plant requires a sunny spot (not full sun until it is larger). It responds well to fertiliser, especially if it is high in nitrogen during the growing season. This produces better growth and foliage. The plant grows to an average height of 7 meters and requires moderate water.
Publication No. WO/2009/138697 Published on Nov. 19, Assigned to LVMH RECHERCHE for Plant Origin Dyestuff, Usage (French Inventors)
Nov 20, 2009; GENEVA, Nov. 21 -- Patrice Andre and Michel Garcia, both of France, have developed a dyestuffs of plant origin and use thereof...