The Main Plant entry for Bananas (Musa)

This database entry exists to show plant data and photos that apply generically to all Bananas.

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Other: Seasonal. Bloom can occur in any season depending on size of plant and climate.
Underground structures: Rhizome
Edible Parts: Fruit
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Offsets

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Common names
  • Banana

Photo Gallery
Location: Butterfly House west of St L.
Date: 2009-03-14
Blue Morphos like bananas
Location: Beverly Hills, California, United States
Date: 2017-10-11
Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Date: 2017-12-16
Location: Costa Rica | Old Photo
Date: 2022-12-17
Location: Hood, Alabama 
Date: 2022-09-06
Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica | Old Photo
Date: 2022-12-17
Location: all photos from my garden
Date: 2016-08-10
Location: My garden
Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Date: 2017-12-16
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-09-03
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2021-02-24
7 inch long Cavendish Banana and 4 inch long Manzano Banana
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2019-10-26
This year i decided to not cut down my bananas ... They look awes
Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica | Old Photo
Date: 2022-12-17

Date: 2015-07-20
Location: Michael’s garden
Location: M/S garden
Date: 2020-05-20
Location: Quad Cities Botanical Garden, Rock Island, Il.
Date: 2011-07-02
Location: Houston area
Date: 2015-05-26
Location: neighbor's yard
Date: 2014-08-26
Location: Central Florida
Date: 2014-09-15
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden
Date: 2018-08-31
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-07-22 
Musa Zebrina
Location: MOBOT -   St Louis
Date: 2009-09-29
Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica | Old Photo
Date: 2022-12-17

 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Central Florida
Date: 2014-09-15
Location: My Yard
Location: Brazil
Date: 2018-10-27
Location: Pasig City - Philippines
Date: 2015-05-15 -courtesy of my friend Mary Ann
A typical backyard Banana plant grown outdoors in the Philippines
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2009-09-27
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2017-02-08
Photo by sedumzz
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2008-09-08
Location: Madrid, Spain | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-02
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2010-07-27 
Musa acuminata
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2011-03-18 
Musa \"pup\"
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2011-07-16 
Musa Zebrina
Location: Cypress Gardens, Florida
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2009-10-23
in the garage
Location: Pasig City - Philippines
Date: 2015-05-15 -courtesy of my friend Mary Ann
Banana plant with lots of fruits
Location: central Illinois
Date: 8-23-07
Location: Quad Cities Botanical Garden, Rock Island, Il.
Date: 2011-07-02
Location: MOBOT -   St Louis
Date: 2013-03-02
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Comments:
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Mar 2, 2012 4:00 PM concerning plant:
    Although they grow as tall as trees, banana and plantain plants are not woody and their "stem" consists of the bases of the huge leaf stalks. They are technically gigantic herbs.

    Musa species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Giant Leopard Moth and other Hypercompe species including H. albescens (only recorded on Musa), H. eridanus and H. icasia.


  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 21, 2013 11:44 PM concerning plant:
    "Musa is one of three genera in the family Musaceae; it includes bananas and plantains. There are around 70 species of Musa with a broad variety of uses.

    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.

    Musa species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Giant Leopard Moth and other Hypercompe species including H. albescens (only recorded on Musa), H. eridanus and H. icasia."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

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