Turraea  spp. Meliaceae

Ensete ventricosum  (Welw.)Cheesman - Musaceae

This is one of about 70 species of Turraea found in tropical and subtropical countries from South Africa to Australia.  The genus is named for Georgio della Turre, director of the Botanical Garden at Padua, 1649-1683.

The fruit of this Turraea is a woody capsule with lobes that split open to expose the seeds.

Dark, irregularly-shaped seeds of the Abyssinian banana, Ensete ventriosum, are joined with white beads made from horn.  Striped brown barrel shapes are made from the rhizomes of the bulrush, Cyperus papyrus.

 

 

 

 

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