The Strelitzia nicolai, or more commonly know as the giant white bird of paradise, or wild banana plant presumably arrived in our garden via a seed from a bird’s bottom, as we most certainly did not plant it.
These days it is almost as tall as the acacia tree it stands next to, and when it flowers is an impressive addition to our spot.
It is also a favorite of some of the birds and bees.
Southern Masked Weaver stops off for a drink of nectar.
An orb weaver’s nest … but no spider in sight.
Eventually the flower emerges which, unlike its smaller relation, its leaves are white with a mauve /pinkish tinge at the base rather than orange.
Now pushing 5-6 metres in height.
Seed pod opens
Sap from the plant.