Musa sp.

Scientific name: Musa sp.
Botanical family: MUSACEAE

Vernacular names

(In territories with significant traditional TRAMIL use)


  • banana


  • bannan matenten

Dominican Republic:

  • rulo

Other vernacular names

Botanical description

Large perennial herb 2-9 m high with basal corm. Pseudostem composed of leaf sheaths forming the ‘trunk’ of the plant. Leaves blades oblong, entire 1.5-4 m x 0.7-1 m, petiole 30-90 cm long, rounded beneath, channeled above; inflorescences terminal, growing from the pseudostem, erect or drooping; flowers in flat clusters in the axils of spirally arranged broad, dark purple-coloured bracts, functionally unisexual, the lower female the upper male; mature fruit fleshy, cylindrical, 6-35 cm x 2.5-5 cm with greenish, yellow or reddish skin.









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