banana Musaceae Musa spp.
Leaf:Very large, oval in outline, to 10 feet long and 2 feet wide, entire margins, splitting and becoming tattered by wind.
Flower:Emerging from the center of the plant stalk, initially upright and becoming pendant on long stalks, initially enclosed in a tear-drop-shaped red to purple husk, opening to reveal clustered white tube-shaped flowers, edible.
Fruit:A banana-shaped berry with leathery skin, usually maturing from green to yellow or red and then brown, from 2 to 12 inches, occuring in pandant large clusters called "hands", very edible.
Bark:Not present, actually composed of leaf stalk bases, green to brown.
Form:Palm-like and graceful, to 25 feet, with large arching leaves, usually with several upright "trunks" arising from one corm.