The Main Plant entry for Bananas (Musa)

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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

Blue Morphos like bananas

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Mar 2, 2012 4:00 PM

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.


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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 21, 2013 11:44 PM

"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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