I always was/am fascinated by this tree – I could see it from a flyover as we passed this quaint Paigah Mosque at Begumpet ( quaint because it is known for its Spanish architecture). A colleague A who goes for his Friday namaz at this mosque took the picture for me. The base is obscured by other vegetation. It should look like this otherwise – pic below –
Common name: Traveler’s Palm, Traveler’s tree
This is not a true palm. Originated from Madagascar. The sheaths of stems hold rainwater which can be a source of emergency drinking water supply and hence it’s name. It looks like a palm tree in part and a banana plant. The young tree would have only branches and only as it grows does the trunk emerge.
Botanical name: Ravenala madagascariensis Family: Strelitziaceae (Bird of Paradise family)
pic of mosque