Banana family : MUSACEAE (ZINGIBERIDAE) in Australia
including Strelitziaceae and Heliconiaceae

Flower
Families
Flowers in Australia
 
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
&
Christine Ashe
 
Plants in Australia Plant
Classes

Heliconia angusta
Christmas Heliconia
specimen: courtesy of Ginger Factory,
Yandina, November 2006

Heliconia chartacea
Sexy Heliconia
Magnetic Island, March 2008
Photo: courtesy of Donald Simpson

Heliconia collinsiana
Platanillo
specimen: courtesy of Ginger Factory and Anna Piper,
Yandina, November 2006

Heliconia humilis
Lobster Claw
Sydney, December 2006

Heliconia rostrata
Hanging Parrots Beak
specimen: courtesy of Ginger Factory,
Yandina, April 2007

Musa acuminata 'Cavendish'
Cavendish Bananas
Bundaberg, November 2007

Musa acuminata 'Lady Finger'
Ninos
(Photo : courtesy of Margaret Humphrey)

Musa velutina
Red Banana
Royal Botanic Gardens, April 2008

Strelitzia juncea
Crane Flower
Ashfield, May 2007

Strelitzia nicolai
Giant Bird of Paradise
Sydney, September 2006

Strelitzia parvifolia
Small Leaved Bird of Paradise
Hurlstone Park, February 2007

Strelitzia reginae
Bird of Paradise
Sydney, August 2006

Species in MUSACEAE have been reported to be foodplants for caterpillars of several Australian Moth species, including:


Tiracola plagiata

Opogona glycyphaga

Spodoptera litura

Teia anartoides

Calliteara pura

Nacoleia octasema

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moths

(updated 4 January 2013, 10 September 2014)