Tabernaemontana pandacaqui (APOCYNACEAE); Banana bush

Banana Bush
Tabernaemontana pandacaqui, flower & foliage - Photographer 2002
(Prev. known as Ervatamia angustisepala!!)

Shrub to 2m, found in rainforest and fringing forest along watercourses in Queensland, NSW, pacific islands, Melanesia, New Guinea.

Leaves simple, opposite, obovate, distinct midrib and lateral veins.

Flowers are cymes of white scented flowers from leaf axils in spring/summer.

Fruit are paired banana-shaped follicles, yellow in colour containing many small seeds cloaked in a red fleshy covering. Ripe March-April.

Ornamental species requiring some protection and nurturing for best results.

Germination rapid from fresh seed. Cuttings are also successful.

Milky sap. This plant belongs to the same family as the highly poisonous Oleander.

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Banana Bush
Tabernaemontana pandacaqui - foliage & fruit - David Somerville 2002
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Banana Bush
Tabernaemontana pandacaqui - flower - Photographer 2002