Plant ID forum: Banana bird of paradise or what?

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Bward916
Jun 24, 2016 10:57 AM CST
Are these berries edible? Anyone know what this is? The berries turn orange.
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DaisyI
Jun 24, 2016 11:19 AM CST
Welcome!

Its a Bird of Paradise - the seeds are quite toxic.

Bward916
Jun 27, 2016 7:03 AM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

Its a Bird of Paradise - the seeds are quite toxic.


Doesn't look like any pictures I've seen online ... The seed pods that is. I don't think you are correct.
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Calsurf73
Jun 27, 2016 7:53 AM CST
The seed pods look like those of a Clivia to me.
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Moonhowl
Jun 27, 2016 10:53 AM CST
The leaves look like Strelitzia growing near Clivia perhaps, but the seeds are Clivia


Clivia seeds

http://kumbulanursery.co.za/plants/clivia-nobilis
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HamiltonSquare
Jun 27, 2016 12:28 PM CST
I agree about the Strelitzia leaf but I think the seed heads are from Arum italicum. The leaves go dormant and the stalk of seeds remains the seeds ripen to orange/red in the fall.
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 27, 2016 12:44 PM CST
I'm with you, Leslie. The seeds aren't related to the bird of paradise leaves. Definitely look like Arum to me. The leaves of the Arum disappear before they flower, so that might be the dead leaves you can see next to the seed heads. No, they aren't edible as far as I know.

Bird of Paradise seeds form in the big, long calyxes up higher on the plant.

If they were Clivia seeds, you'd also see Clivia leaves. Mine keep their leaves year round.
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Bward916
Jun 27, 2016 3:21 PM CST
I have tasted the berries so they are not very toxic if at all.

I do believe there are 2 plants thank you all very much for solving this three-year-old mystery.
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 27, 2016 4:08 PM CST
The toxic agent in them is calcium oxalate, I think. Here's what it says in our database info "All parts of plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, an irritant to the mouth and esophagus. Toxic to cats and dogs."
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HamiltonSquare
Jun 27, 2016 7:42 PM CST
Calcium oxalate are what my type of kidney stones (3) are made of and there are lists of plant food that contain it and, in my case are recommended to avoid. FYI
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