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Ornamental Banana

Musa sp.




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Ornamental Banana
Musa sp. Flowering Plant Families, UH Botany


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7 Comments

tibiprada
tibiprada 7 years ago

lgCostaNut: I'm sorry.... my journalist instinct kicks !

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 7 years ago

Boy tibi, I wish I could say which one it is but I can't say for sure.

tibiprada
tibiprada 7 years ago

lgCostaNut; mine looks more like a Musa African red?

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 7 years ago

Definitely, this is a type of banana. This is mainly used as an ornamental if it produces no fruit. There are a few varieties with similar blossoms that produce small red bananas which are delicious! The bananas and heliconia leaves are important food sources for caterpillars of many butterfly species. The blooms of these bananas are well known for atracting hummingbirds as well.

tibiprada
tibiprada 7 years ago

lgCostaNut, good question.. I don't remember any fruit at all. hard to miss one, so this is a banana tree flower, right ?

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 7 years ago

There are many species of banana cultivated in Hawaii. You will see in the link that this could be one of a few different species. It is important to know if this plant produces or produced fruit (seeds). For that reason I only identified it to the genus level. Nice spotting. Lovely colors

tibiprada
tibiprada 7 years ago

Waiting for an IDea !

tibiprada
Spotted by
tibiprada

Hawaii, USA

Lat: 19.35, Long: -154.98

Spotted on Jan 13, 2008
Submitted on May 5, 2012

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