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Ravenea rivularis

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
ra-VEN-ee-uh riv-yoo-LAIR-iss
Description

A tropical plant native to Madagascar. While it has a small native range, it is a widely popular houseplant.

The species epithet refers to the palm's preferred habitat, the edges of rivers and streams.

The Majesty Palm prefers bright but indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves. They prefer high humidity and moist, well-drained soil. Overwatering can cause root rot.  Avoid cold drafts or direct heat. They are hardy from USDA zones 10 to 11 and thrive in warm, humid environments.

 

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  This palm has no serious diseases or pests, but monitor for spider mites, mealybugs, and scale.

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Tags:
#houseplant#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#houseplant#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ravenea
    Species:
    rivularis
    Family:
    Arecaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Madagascar
    Dimensions:
    Height: 5 ft. 0 in. - 80 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 12 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Erect
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Green
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Description:
    The fruits are small, round, fleshy, and are initially green and turn orangish-red when they mature.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Description:
    The flowers are small, yellowish-white, and typically hidden in the foliage. Only mature palms have flowers and timing varies depending on the climate.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Fronds
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    The fronds are medium to dark green, large, arching, and measure up 6 to 8 feet long. They make a very dense canopy.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
    Bark Description:
    The bark is grayish-brown, and the fronds emerge directly from the trunk of the palm.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Patio
    Attracts:
    Songbirds