Musa mannii or Indian Dwarf Banana is is a beautiful small banana from Assam in India.
Almost extinct in its habitat, it is grown all over the world as an ornamental.
It grows up to 2 m high and can be cultivated as a houseplant. May be kept outdoors in summer but must overwinter frost free.
The pseudo-stem is slender, light green with purple-black spots, shiny, 60-80 cm high and 4-5 cm in diameter.
The leaves are oblong, 60-80 cm long, 18-20 cm wide. They are green, the midrib is red on both sides. The leaf stem is 20-25 cm long, also light green with purple-black spots.
Inflorescence erect at first, later slightly drooping first, the flower stem is 15-18 cm long and 2 cm in diameter, red and covered with white down. The bracts are bright pink to dark red, the calyx is light yellow.
The fruits are light green to yellow when ripe, 5-6 cm long with a thin layer of pulp. The seeds are 5-6 mm long, black, irregularly shaped, 20-30 seeds per fruit.
Produces abundant suckers.
Indian dwarf banana
Musa: from the Greek mousa (banana)
Mannii: in honor of Gustav Mann, a German botanist of the Forest Department of Assam
USDA zone 10-11, 0 °C
Well drained and rich
Water daily during growing season
Fertilize weekly during growing season with universal liquid fertilizer
- soak the seeds 3 days in tepid water
- sow in moist substrate
- put the pot in a plastic bag or container to maintain moisture
- 25-30 °C
- germination time: 1 month to a few months
- Musa mannii: Ulf Eliasson