AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 8m x 4m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
This tree attracts a host of creatures:
Sunbirds feed on the nectar and in turn pollinate the plant;
Monkeys feed on the flowers;
The leaves are eaten by the caterpillar of the Banana Tree Nightfighter;
Birds such as doves and tinkerbirds feed on the seeds;
Robins may nest in older plants;
The bases of the leaves can store a little reservoir of water in them to provide water for the breeding ponds of the Forest Tree Frog (Leptopelis natalensis)
Forest, rockery, tropical, water, woodland
An architectural plant suitable for large gardens.
The blooms have white sepals and blue petals with a huge dark blue-purple sheath that encloses and protects the many individual flowers within. The flowers are specially modified for pollination by sunbirds.
Once the fruits form the woody capsules that look like miniature bananas that split to reveal numerous black seeds.
The pea-sized black seeds are surrounded by a fleshy orange covering known as an aril.
BUTTERFLY LARVAL HOST:
Moltena fiara (Banana Tree Nightfighter)