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Banana

musa balbisiana

Description:

Found this plant in a private garden.

Habitat:

Musa balbisiana is a species of wild banana native to South Asia. It is one of the ancestors of modern cultivated bananas along with Musa acuminata. It grows lush leaves in clumps and grows with a more upright habit than most cultivated bananas. Flowers grow in inflorescences coloured red to maroon. The fruit are between blue and green. They are considered inedible because of the seeds they contain. Seeded Musa balbisiana are called "butuhan" ('with seeds') in the Philippines


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1000 Fingers
musa balbisiana

4 Comments

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 6 years ago

In Indonesia we called this 'Pisang Sewu'.. 'Pisang' means Banana, 'Sewu' means A hundred.. Great spotting!

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 6 years ago

Interesting info. Thanks for sharing!

ShaumingLo
ShaumingLo 6 years ago

Thanks to LennyWorthington for the ID and the life history of this species of Musa.

LennyWorthington
LennyWorthington 6 years ago

Musa balbisiana is a species of wild banana native to South Asia. It is one of the ancestors of modern cultivated bananas along with Musa acuminata. It grows lush leaves in clumps and grows with a more upright habit than most cultivated bananas. Flowers grow in inflorescences coloured red to maroon. The fruit are between blue and green. They are considered inedible because of the seeds they contain. Seeded Musa balbisiana are called "butuhan" ('with seeds') in the Philippines

Davao City, Davao del Norte, Philippines

Lat: 7.06, Long: 125.61

Spotted on Dec 13, 2012
Submitted on Feb 13, 2013

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