Musaceae (banana family) 

    The Musaceae family is made up of three genera, Musa, Ensete and MusellaMusa is the largest group, with about 35 species.  Musa species are divided into different sections.  According to recent DNA work, there are three sections: Musa (with 22 chromosomes), Callimusa (with 20 chromosomes) and Ingentimusa (with 14 chromosomes).  There are about seven Ensete species and one Musella species.

 

Musa rosacea (Jacquin, 1804)
Musa rosacea (Jacquin, 1804)
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   Species belonging to the Musaceae are native to tropical Africa, eastern Asia, Australia and the South Pacific.  They are distinguished from other Zingiberales by having spirally arranged leaves, separate male and female flowers, and pulpy fruits.

    The following bananas are growing at Montoso Gardens:  

 

Scientific Name Common Name Plant Family

Ensete glaucum

snow banana

Musaceae

Musa beccarii

ornamental banana

Musaceae

Musa coccinea

scarlet banana

Musaceae

Musa laterita

bronze banana

Musaceae

Musa mannii

Indian dwarf banana

Musaceae

Musa ornata 'Lavender'

lavender banana

Musaceae

Musa ornata 'Macro'

giant lavender banana

Musaceae

Musa ornata 'Royal Purple'

ornamental banana

Musaceae

Musa ornata 'Royal Red'

ornamental banana

Musaceae

Musa sp. 'Ae Ae'

variegated banana

Musaceae

Musa sp. 'Hua Moa'

banana

Musaceae

Musa sp. 'Lacknau'

plantain

Musaceae

Musa sp. 'Mahoi Double'

double banana

Musaceae

Musa sp. 'Praying Hands'

banana

Musaceae

Musa sp. 'Super Dwarf'

banana

Musaceae

Musa sp. 'Thousand Fingers'

banana

Musaceae

Musa velutina

baby pink banana

Musaceae

Musa velutina x Musa ornata 'Purple Passion'

purple banana

Musaceae

Musa zebrina bloodleaf banana Musaceae
Musella lasiocarpa Chinese yellow banana Musaceae

 

 

 

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