Musa Balbisiana

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Species Name

Musa balbisiana

Synonyms

Pisang Klutuk Wulung, Ito-Basho

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Description

M. balbisiana is a suckering banana that can reach up to 20 feet in height. It has large spreading oblong leaves. Stems are strong and sturdy and form huge clumps where grown. Drooping spikes are produced almost throughout the year as stems in a clump mature. The fruits are bluish green and eventually develop yellow skin when mature. Ripe fruits have little pulp but numerous small seeds, characterized by a rough, warty seed coat. Ripe fruits on the plant attract birds, bats and other nocturnal visitors.

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Eumusa, 2n=22

Origin

India, China, Burma, wide range east to Papua New Guinea

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Usage

The ripe seeds ground and eaten have been used for curing dysentery, diarrhea and sore throat. Leaves used for serving food in religious and other festivals and feasts. Male flowers boiled and made into salads and curries. Sheaths make a rope and young new shoots chopped and cooked for cattle fodder.

Flowering

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Cultivation

  • Mature Height - 16-20'
  • Survival Zone - Zone 9
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  • Wind - Wind tolerant
  • Sun - Full sun to no less than 30% shade. Foliage growers should use 30%-60% shade.
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Known Afflictions

  • Pests - Borers, grasshoppers, and root nematodes
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Research Notes

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Members Growing This Banana

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