13 July 2006

Speaking of crazy flowers

Imagine our surprise when the neighbor's longsuffering banana plant turned out to be Strelitzia nicolai. Especially because they're only supposed to grow in zones 23-24.

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Blogger chuck b. said...

Great picture! It looks like two babies peaking out.

7/13/2006 7:17 PM  
Blogger chuck b. said...

Also [minorly] interesting, a common name for S. nicolai is Wild Banana. Now I wonder what a Strelitzia fruit looks like.

7/13/2006 7:44 PM  
Anonymous kk said...

Holy christ, those are crazy all right. What are the odds of being able to eat some wild bananas? And pomegranites? Do they have time to ripen fruit?

7/14/2006 12:40 PM  
Blogger mmw said...

I doubt the birds of p. will set fruit. I don't know that I've ever noticed fruit on the normal ones (S. reginae). There's a picture of the fruit here.

Kew explains the flower morphology. I would think that this is a pretty pollinator-specific setup. The analogous local birds probably take one look at this thing and fly the fuck away as fast as they can.

The pomegranate is dropping most of its flowers, which is good because I'd prefer it to focus on vegetative growth until next year. But at least one flower appears to have been impregnated (I have yet to spot a pollinator), and I may have to leave it on just to see what happens.

7/14/2006 1:17 PM  

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