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Banana - Cavendish
Musaceae
Musa acuminata


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Musaceae Family

Musa Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Edible Banana, Chinese banana and ladyfinger banana


Location

Photos taken at a botanic garden
Range: Grows wild in Southeast Asia, Australia

Physical Description
Cavendish banana is a large, fast-growing, suckering, evergreen plant that typically grows to 12-20’ tall in the tropics.Plants produce huge paddle-shaped leaves that grow to 6-10’ long. Leaf sheathes overlap to form a trunk-like pseudostem (false stem). Cream to yellow flowers may appear in summer on mature plants to be followed by edible yellow bananas. Younger plants often will not flower and fruit until the 2nd or 3rd year. Container plants cut close to the ground in fall each year may never flower. After flowering and fruiting, the pseudostem dies, but the roots push out new shoots (suckers) which form new pseudostems. ‘Dwarf Cavendish’ (also known as Chinese banana and ladyfinger banana) is a dwarf cultivar that is commonly cultivated for both commercial fruit production and ornamental applications. It typically grows to 4-6’ tall and makes a much more manageable container/houseplant than the species.


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General Information

Though they grow as high as trees, banana and plantain plants are not woody and their apparent "stem" is just the bases of the huge leaf stalks. Thus they are technically gigantic herbs.



Banana - Cavendish
Banana - flower closeup



Banana - Cavendish
Banana - young plant



Banana - Cavendish
Banana - Entire plant



Banana - Cavendish
Banana flower & fruit

Comment: Banana - Cavendish, Musa acuminata

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gardengeek
gardengeek
May 28, 2010
"Giagantic herbs".. loved it!
The family will display if you use only the scientific name (Musaceae).

Great page!

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