I'm very interested in knowing the name of this tree. Does one of the pictures show a type of fruit, the green cluster dropping down from the branch?

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tropical shrub


Possibly the hybrid Carica x pentagona, also known as Babaco. The taxonomy seems somewhat confused, with many references giving the name as Vasconcellea x heilbornii or just Carica pentagona. The Plant List shows Carica x pentagona is the accepted name.

Note: The link below does not show any images- it is a 'working list' of plant names and is the most up to date and reliable resource I know for checking validity of taxonomic epithets. I included it here just because there is so much variation in internet references around the taxonomy of Babaco.


Edit: (following @Sue's comment below) Here is another link with some more info and images:


The images below are from the Daleys Fruit Tree site.


Babaco fruit

Babaco leaf

Babaco plant

  • Hi Ben W! Would you please help me with your resources? The first one shows a name, but I can't seem to find a picture on that page. The second source, Daley's fruit, shows me a picture of some fruit covering most of a leaf. When I click to get a closer look at any of the linked pictures below that, my computer tells me it's an unsafe site and likely to give me a virus. I use Webroot security software, and I trust it. The identification seems right, but would you mind adding some other links for clarification? Thanks! Mar 10 '18 at 19:16
  • Hi Sue, I have updated my answer. Not sure why you got virus warnings from the Daleys site. I have Norton and had no issues. I have added the images from the site directly into my answer.
    – Ben W
    Mar 11 '18 at 0:53
  • Thanks Ben! This looks great, and I appreciate you taking the time to do it. I don't know what happened with my Webroot either. Most of the plant sites are fine, and I'm not sure why this would be different. This is a fascinating plant! I definitely haven't seen it before. Mar 11 '18 at 2:14

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