Raphia

Distribution: 28 species recognized (but possibly fewer) in Africa, Madagascar, and 1 species in tropical America (R. taedigera)
LPG Area: Madagascar Drive, Amazonas Walk, Polynesian Circle, Satellite Drive, Caribbean Way
Growing Comments: Raphia palms are massive & impressive & need plenty of space to be appreciated & in order to be grown to their full potential. Raphia farinifera has the longest frond (leaf) of any plant. It can be up to 55 ft long. Growth rate is about 5.0-5.5 on a 1-10 scale for the various species.