This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In America such plants as Strelitzias, Marantas, Hedychiums, Bananas, and others which must be preserved in greenhouses most of the year in the old world, make admirable plants for the adornment of our open-air gardening, and we are always glad of every addition to this class of plants. When they have served their purpose as summer ornaments, they are re-potted and adorn our greenhouses or rooms during the winter season. The plant which we now introduce to our readers promises to be one more of these beautiful things. It was introduced by Mr. Wm. Bull from the South Sea Islands, and he gives the following account of it: "A bold-looking stove plant of noble aspect, resembling some dwarf Musa in its general appearance. The stems, which are formed, as in Musa, of the closely enfolded sheathing stalks of the leaves, are striated with green and yellow, and become recurved at the top. The leaf blade is elongate ovate, cordate at the base, and cuspidate at the apex; deep green with the course of the parallel-curved veins, which run out from the costa to the margin, traced out by yellow lines producing a freely marked and very striking variegation.
Though closely related to the stately Banana, it is a comparatively dwarf plant, though one of bold and imposing character".