Ravenala madagascariensis is a monocotyledonous plant of the plant Family Strelitziaceae. The leaves are similar to banana ( Musa spp ; Family: Musaceae), but arranged differently. The leaves of Ravenala plant are characteristically arranged to look like a traditional fan of the east Asia. This give a nick name pisang kipas, which means fan-shaped banana plant. Both Families are in the Order Zingiberales.
The plant used to be a popular landscape plant, but has lost its appeal to other plants, which can produce flowers in abundant.