Musa x paradisiaca

Musa x paradisiaca

Musa x paradisiaca or Plantain Banana is derived from a cross between Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. The selections and crosses with other species generated various cultivars.

Musa x paradisiaca provides the plantain banana, which is less sweet than the classic dessert banana and is consumed boiled or fried as a vegetable.

The leaves are long and narrow, green.

Common names:

Banana
Plantain
Plantain banana

Synonyms:

Musa dacca
Musa ornata var. normalis
Musa paradisiaca
Musa rosacea
Musa sapientum

Origin:

Cross between Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana

Musa x paradisiaca inflorescence

Musa x paradisiaca inflorescence

Usage:

Ornamental
Food crop

Hardiness:

USDA zone 10, 0 °C (32 °F)

Flowering:

Each plantain foot blooms only once. The inflorescence is large and pendulous.

Soil:

Rich and moist

Height:

3-5 m

Musa x paradisiaca fruits

Musa x paradisiaca fruits

Propagation:

Suckers

Exposure:

Sun

Care:

  • water abundantly during growing season
  • fertilize frequently during growing season
  • should be returned to the shelter from freezing in winter

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