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lgCostaNut: I'm sorry.... my journalist instinct kicks !
Boy tibi, I wish I could say which one it is but I can't say for sure.
lgCostaNut; mine looks more like a Musa African red?
Definitely, this is a type of banana. This is mainly used as an ornamental if it produces no fruit. There are a few varieties with similar blossoms that produce small red bananas which are delicious! The bananas and heliconia leaves are important food sources for caterpillars of many butterfly species. The blooms of these bananas are well known for atracting hummingbirds as well.
lgCostaNut, good question.. I don't remember any fruit at all. hard to miss one, so this is a banana tree flower, right ?
There are many species of banana cultivated in Hawaii. You will see in the link that this could be one of a few different species. It is important to know if this plant produces or produced fruit (seeds). For that reason I only identified it to the genus level. Nice spotting. Lovely colors
Waiting for an IDea !
Spotted on Jan 13, 2008 Submitted on May 5, 2012