Indigenous?

We have a load of pawpaw (papaya) and banana trees in Durban and they grow really well in our subtropical climate. But I doubt they are indigenous?

mol-d

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5 Responses to Indigenous?

  1. Shaggy March 31, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    Papaya are spread around the world is almost all tropical and subtropical countries, but originate from Central America.

    Bananas are as widespread but probably originate from South East Asia.

    Both give is Yummy fruit so we excuse them for not being indigenous!

  2. Travis Lyle April 1, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    That’s no banana! That’s Strelitzia nicolai, the white Bird of Paradise (also known as Wild Banana, but you can’t eat ’em!). But it is indigenous.

  3. mol-d April 1, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    really?! i thought it was a banana tree… so, it produces bananas but you can’t eat them? has anyone tried?

  4. Julia Vorster October 18, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    It is called a Wild Banana because of the appearance of it’s shape and leaves, but it doesn’t actually produce bananas.

    In my opinion, if a plant is not indigenous, but produces useful food, like avacado’s, lemons, etc. we should not be too fanatical about elimating them from our gardens. It is the invaders we need to get rid of – those that spread uncontrollably. Nature is all about balance.

  5. Alexander April 12, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    I agree Julia. I hear that guavas can be very invasive in Natal and the Lowveld. That is a pity because I love guavas. The rate of their spread is probably intensified by frugivorous birds like louries.

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