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Bananas and gingers are popular in the tropical landscape for their broad leaves, spectacular flowers, and lush appearance. Apart from many varieties of edible bananas which are grown as dooryard fruit, variegated and red-leaved varieties are used in plantings for their ornamental effects.

Other popular landscape plants in this group include assorted heliconias, shell ginger and torch ginger, white bird-of-paradise, bird-of-paradise, and the traveler's tree.

For growing bananas to eat see: Growing Fruit In Florida

Heliconiaceae
Images of two heliconia types popular in Florida.

Musaceae
Banana images from University of Hawaii.

PBIO 250 Lecture Notes - Selected Families of Angiosperms: Zingiberidae - Spring 1998
Hyperlinked Lecture Notes from the course by James L. Reveal, Norton-Brown Herbarium, University of Maryland.

Key to the suborders and families of Zingiberales
Get to know the families with this key from the Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History.

Strelitziaceae
Images of white bird-of-paradise, bird-of-paradise, and traveler's tree from University of Hawaii.


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