This is a tall, striking foliage plant related to the well-known crane flower, Strelitzia reginae. The Natal wild banana grows mostly in coastal dune vegetation and in evergreen forests near the coast. It is a common feature of the coastal vegetation from East London northwards. It grows in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and up into Mozambique towards Zimbabwe. The Natal wild banana grows up to 12m high and 4m wide. It is an evergreen tree with multi-stems that form dense clumps.
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