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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?


5 replies on “Indigenous?”

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!

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.

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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