banana Musaceae Musa spp. L. Listen to the Latin symbol: MUSA2 Other Fact Sheets
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.
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Additional Range Information:
Musa spp. is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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