The Fan Palm would have surely perished in the winter of 2009 / 2010 in any case, so brutal a weather reminder that Houston is actually not a tropical city. Banana Fan Palms are originally from Madagascar, now grown throughout the tropics. Ravenala is the botanical genus, more prosaically, Traveler's Palm: Arbre des voyageur (French), Waaierpalm (Dutch), Baum der Reisenden (German), Arbol del viajero (Spanish), 旅人蕉 (Chinese), Chuối rẻ quạt (Vietnamese), although I favor the more poetic Urania to the dire-sounding Ravenala, Urania (Οὐρανία) was one of the nine muses of Greek mythology (The others were: Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, and Thalia), known as the muse of astrology. She was most often depicted as gazing heavenwards, wrapped in a star-embroidered cloak. In Classical times she was muse of philosophy, and after the Renaissance, muse to the Christian poets, most famously the "heavenly muse" from Milton's Paradise Lost.