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Scientific Name: Musa sp.
Pronunciation: MEW-zuh
Common Name: banana
Family Name: Musaceae
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial, Indoor foliage plant
Key ID Features: The largest herbaceous perennial plant; leaves elliptic, often over 1 m long x 30 cm wide (even larger in tropics), major veins running parallel off the midrib.
Course(s): HORT 1193/1293

Habit: Upright
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Very coarse
Mature Size:
Height:2 - 3m
Spread:1.5 - 2.0m
Origin: South Asia / India
Hardiness Rating: Zone 8a: (-12 to -9.5 C)
Exposure: Full sun, Sheltered
Soil/ Growing Medium: Humus rich, Well-drained
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Indoor plant, Summer interest
Additional Info: Google. The local hardy banana is M. basjoo. RHS (care & recommended cultivars).
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Spiraled
Texture/ Venation: Soft flexible
Surfaces: Glabrous
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Elliptic
Apices: Rounded
Bases: Attenuate
Margins: Entire
Additional Info: Huge; leaf sheaths form false stems.

Inflorescence Type: Spike
Flower Morphology:Monoecious plant
Number of Petals:6
Corolla Shape:Bilabiate
Ovary Position:Inferior
Colour (petals): Showy, Pink, Yellow, Purple
Flower Time at Peak: May, Jun

Fruit Type: Berry (true), Aborted (hybrids) or absent
Fruit Colour: Yellow
Fruiting Time: Aug, Sep
Additional Info: Showy, Technically a false berry (inferior ovary): the thick skin formed from the floral tube

Bark or Stem Colour: Green
Organ Modifications: Corms, Rhizomes

Propagation: Division - below ground parts
Plant Care:
Optimal Temp.: High indoor temperature
Light Level:Medium indoor light level
Other:Wrap outdoor plants with burlap each fall.
Pest Susceptibility: Fungal leaf spot, Mites,
(GNH) GreeNHouse
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