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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa Praying Hands
 Musa sp.
Family: Musaceae
Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain
Origin: Indo-Malaysian region reaching to Northern Australia
small tree 10-20 ftfull sunmoderate waterediblesubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeincuded in CD catalog

Bananas are fast-growing herbaceous perennials arising from underground rhizomes. The fleshy stalks or pseudostems formed by upright concentric layers of leaf sheaths constitute the functional trunks. The true stem begins as an underground corm which grows upwards, pushing its way out through the center of the stalk 10-15 months after planting, eventually producing the terminal inflorescence which will later bear the fruit. Each stalk produces one huge flower cluster and then dies. New stalks then grow from the rhizome. Banana plants are extremely decorative, ranking next to palm trees for the tropical feeling they lend to the landscape. The banana inflorescence shooting out from the heart in the tip of the stem, is at first a large, long-oval, tapering, purple-clad bud. As it opens, the slim, nectar-rich, tubular, toothed, white flowers appear. They are clustered in whorled double rows along the the floral stalk, each cluster covered by a thick, waxy, hood like bract, purple outside and deep red within. The flowers occupying the first 5 - 15 rows are female. As the rachis of the inflorescence continues to elongate, sterile flowers with abortive male and female parts appear, followed by normal staminate ones with abortive ovaries. The two latter flower types eventually drop in most edible bananas. The ovaries contained in the first (female) flowers grow rapidly, developing parthenocarpically (without pollination) into clusters of fruits, called hands. The number of hands varies with the species and variety. The fruit (technically a berry) turns from deep green to yellow or red, and may range from 2-1/2 to 12 inches in length and 3/4 to 2 inches in width. The flesh, ivory-white to yellow or salmon-yellow, may be firm, astringent, even gummy with latex when unripe, turning tender and slippery, or soft and mellow or rather dry and mealy or starchy when ripe. The flavor may be mild and sweet or subacid with a distinct apple tone. The common cultivated types are generally seedless with just vestiges of ovules visible as brown specks. Occasionally, cross-pollination with wild types will result in a number of seeds in a normally seedless variety. Bananas require as much warmth as can be given them. Additional warmth can be given by planting next to a building. Planting next to cement or asphalt walks or driveways also helps. Wind protection is advisable, not for leaf protection as much as for protection of the plant after the banana stalk has appeared. During these last few months propping should be done to keep the plant from tipping or being blown over.

Musa Praying Hands - produces perhaps the most unusual and distinctive of all banana fruits. Two adjacent hands of bananas are fused, giving the appearance of praying hands. This is not just a collectors item, the fruits are delicious ripe, containing a hint of vanilla flavor. When totally ripe, individual bananas can be carefully separated from each other. An excellent all-around plant with some wind resistance; it is very collectible.

All eating bananas are triploid varieties of M. acuminata x bulbisiana.

There are numerous cultivars of Cooking banana.


 Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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M. acuminata
Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa velutina
Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa velutina
Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa velutina
Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa velutina
Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa velutina
Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa velutina
Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa Praying Hands
Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Var. Truly Tiny
Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Musa sp., Banana, Bananier Nain, Canbur, Curro, Plantain

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Plantains are used for cooking. The plants are usually large, vigorous and resistant to diseases. Plantains are hybrid bananas in which the male flowering axis is either degenerated, lacking, or possesses relics of male flowers. Plantains are always cooked before consumption and are higher in starch than bananas.
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Musa - Banana Double Mahoi

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Double Mahoi Banana - a traditional Cavendish banana but generally produces a double stalk of bananas its second year of fruiting, increasing the harvest.
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Musa - Banana Dwarf Cavendish

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Produces wonderful tasting fruit as does the others in the Cavendish sub-group. A vigorous grower with wide green leaves. One of the more common grown varieties in the USA. This particular cultivar has found great flavor in Florida as a backyard banana because of its ability to reliably produce fruit with a minimum of care by the homeowner. Cavendish are the most common variety of bananas grown by the hobbyist. The variety is very hardy and produces very large heads of fruit. The dwarf variety, which grows to 8 feet, is the most common backyard variety. The fruit is excellent tasting and can remain on the plant until ripe.
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Musa - Banana Dwarf Green 

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Dwarf green banana grows 6-8 feet and has a solid heavy trunk. Juvenile leaves will have some colorful reddish-purple markings. Will produce edible green banana in about 9-12 months. Very good choice for container culture and indoors.
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Musa - Banana Dwarf Namwah (Nam Weh)

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This dwarf banana from Thailand is the most commonly grown cultivar in that country. This delicious ladyfinger type dessert banana has been described as having the tastiest, sweetest, highest quality fruit.
It grows rapidly even in cool areas (hardy zones 9-10). The sweet, thin-skinned bananas mature very quickly, even when the flower appears somewhat late in the season. In addition, because it's a dwarf, it makes a great container banana. It is drought resistant and vigorous.
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Musa - Banana Dwarf Red

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This very sweet lady finger fruit is the most beautiful. It turns "sunset" colors when ripening from dark burgundy to orange, yellow-green and muted colors in between. Mature height is only 8 ft. The bunch is compact, contains many medium size fruits, with thick peel, and flesh of strong flavor.
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Musa - Banana Goldfinger

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Fruit is similar in taste and size of common Chiquita banana However, yields more than twice the amount of fruit. Very easy to grow. Must be checked often when close to ripening because of very subtle changes in color. Reaches heights of 10'-12'. Developed in Honduras. Very strong plant with stout base, rapid growing, mostly green leaves. Excellent tasting fruit, with a tart note that's almost citrusy, slightly sub-acid, refreshing, gets 6-8 inches long or better. Medium size plant with broad leaves is disease resistant, wind and cool tolerant and is easy to grow. Cold tolerant and disease resistant. Developed to be commercial export banana. Outstanding fruit production. It can support 100 lbs. of fruit without propping and produce a raceme in under a year. It is best ripened on the plant. The texture of the fruit at maturity is rather softer than Cavendish. Fruit will not turn brown when diced. It is good eaten fresh or used in cooking. Overall this variety takes longer to mature than most others but also seems the most cold tolerant. It produces good crops even in soils of marginal quality or areas of lower humidity. It is notably more resistant to rot in cold, wet winter soils but still needs rich, well drained soils in order to survive.

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Musa - Banana Hua Moa

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Tall banana cultivar from Hawaii, grows to 10-15 ft tall. Produces small to medium bunches of very plump, roundish fruits with golden-yellow skin and pinkish yellow-orange flesh. Very sweet flavor. May be eaten fresh or cooked.
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Musa - Banana Ice Cream

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Ice Cream (Blue Java) cultivar grows 10-15 ft tall. Produces bunches weighting 40-60 lbs. Stout, straight fruit, 5-7 inches long and up to 2 inches wide. Skin bluish with silvery bloom when young, pale-yellow when ripe. Flesh is white and sweet with vanilla-like flavor. Eaten raw or cooked.
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Musa - Banana Manzano

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Manzano(Apple, Silk) banana cultivar grows 10-12 ft tall. Produces bunches of 25-40 lbs. Plump, slightly curved fruits, 4-6 inches long. Skin has yellow color. Flesh is firm but pleasantly sub-acid when fully ripe, apple-scented and drier than most other banana. The most popular desert banana in tropics.
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Musa - Banana Mona Lisa

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Mona Lisa Banana is so-called because scientists thought it a work of art. It is being harvested on a small coastal plantation in Guapiles, an hour-and-a-half drive from Costa Rica's capital, San Jose. Good wind resistance, cold tolerant. Very good tasting Banana. It is a synthetic hybrid marketed as a "pesticide-free". It is ripe when it is greenish yellow in color. Has arching, decumbent foliage. It is a fast re-cropper. Resistant to disease, robust, drought resistant. This variety is highly colored and quite ornamental. Clusters range in the 30-80 lb. range. Tolerant to nematodes. Is being grown commercially in Cuba (where it is eaten primarily as a ripe dessert banana) and Grenada. Adapted to a wide range of climates, including subtropical conditions and high altitudes.
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Musa - Banana Pisang Ceylon (improved Mysore)

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Pisang Ceylon (an improvement on 'Mysore') may very well be the best tasting lady finger banana in the world. This sturdy banana is resistant to the Banana Streak Virus. Pisang Ceylon, has a shelf life that out last other lady finger banana types by several days.
Mysore banana is large and vigorous plant, reaching 20-25 ft tall. Very hardy and drought tolerant. Bears large, compact bunches, weighing 50 lbs. Fruit is medium size, about 6" long with thin, bright-yellow skin. In India this is the most popular banana, constituting up 3/4 of the total crop.
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Musa - Banana Sweetheart

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Super sweet banana, finger type. This banana cultivar developed by the government of Honduras. It is not found in the wild. It was developed for better disease resistance, and improved ability to tolerate drought and wind.
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Musa - Banana Thousand Finger

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Plant reaches up to 15' in height, produces a fruit stalk with tiny bananas that can extend over 5'. Stalk will continue to produce fruit until it touches the ground. A great conversation banana. This novelty is as unique as it is beautiful. It produces a stalk of tiny bananas that can continue to make fruit until it reaches the ground (sometimes 5 ft. or more). Produces many hundreds of sweet 3-3" fruits on long 8' racemes. The flower bud keeps setting fruits as long as the plant can nourish it. A large grower that likes a hot summer. The fruits don't become bitter when very ripe and seem enormously resistant to bruising. Those with blackened skins can usually be peeled to reveal fruit that is essentially undamaged beneath except they sometimes get slightly corky directly under the worst areas. The texture is smooth, dense, and very creamy, creamy yellowish in color but sometimes with an orange tint. Flavor is very sweet, fragrant, and slightly acidic. It is supposed to be relatively cold resistant but should be used in warmer summer areas. Stalk often weakens and arches over just before flower apppears. Should be supported.

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Musa - Banana Williams

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A commercial Banana variety. Beautiful full green plant that is one of the main bananas of commerce. This banana plant grows to 8-10'. Produces very large heads of fruit that are sweet and delicious. They are wind resistant and cold hardy. Is the main commercial variety in Australia and Hawaii, increasingly popular in South Africa. The plant needs more protection from the wind and the larger bunches require propping, but the plant withstands cool winter temperatures. This is a very desirable variety that produces grocery store type bananas. The stem is touched with a dark brown coloring. Leaves are tall and broad. The fingers are 6-8 inches long with yellow skin and a tapered tip. Yield is about 9-12 hands per 60-90 pound bunch, 9-12 months from plant to harvest. reported to be able to produce heads up to 150lb. This fast growing plant prefers full sun and rich , moist fertile soil.
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Musa - Pisang Raja

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A very popular sturdy plant originating in India and becoming a favorite around the world. Due to the rapid growth and delicious taste of these 3/4 size fruit as well as cool tolerance they have won the hearts (and taste buds) of thousands. Nice and sweet Desert banana.
Reaches about 10 feet in height. Color of the fruit is orange/yellow. They are often used to make banana fritters



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Musa - Plantain Dwarf Puerto Rican

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Dwarf Puerto Rican plantain cultivar. The heads of fruit are a little larger than the original Plantain bearing seven to nine hands of fruit. The shorter trunks of the dwarf plantains are thicker than the tall ones and because of this are more resistant to the wind and rarely fall over from the weight of their own fruit. It is widely grown in Puerto Rico for its taste and cooking qualities. The majority of plantains grow tall, but this one is an exception. It has a distinctive bronze colored trunk and leaves. Plant in a warm and well-protected site with optimal growing conditions.
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Musa - Plantain FHIA 21

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This is a popular variety. The fruit is terrific and is a staple of Caribbean and Latin cuisine. Plantains are used for cooking. The plants are usually large, vigorous and resistant to diseases. Plantains are hybrid bananas in which the male flowering axis is either degenerated, lacking, or possesses relics of male flowers. Plantains are always cooked before consumption and are higher in starch than bananas.
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Musa - Truly Tiny Banana

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Truly Tiny is only 1-1.5' tall. This is the best variety for growing in a pot or indoors. It produces small, 4-5" fruit, sweet, nice flavor.
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Musa basjoo - Japanese Hardy Banana

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Very cold hardy Banana tree, mature plants said to be hardy to -5F (-20C) - USDA 5-10. Medium sized plant will grow to 12-14' in height, producing bunches of small edible fruit if growing season is long enough. Needs 9-12 months of frost free weather to produce fruits. In cold climate protect by mulching roots. It can grow giant broad leaves in a single season, eventually forming a multi stemmed clump.
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Musa Siam Ruby - Red Leaf Banana

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A showy ornamental Banana with dark red leaves.
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