Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman

Abyssinian Banana

Tree-like herb with a false stem, purplish, to 8 m or more tall, rarely suckering, monocarpic. Leaves clustered at the top of the stem. Leaf blade to 5 m or so long and to 1 m wide from a stalk 30-40 cm long. Flower cluster to 1 m or so long, eventually pendulous; flowering irregular, mostly summer. Flowers creamy; upper lip 3-lobed to nearly half way, the free segment with lateral lobes and a long point. Stamens 6, 1 smaller than the others. Fruit oblong, 6-10 cm long containing black, glossy seeds 1-2 cm wide, dry and inedible.

Central and eastern Africa

Source: Spencer, R. (2005). Musaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Zingiberales
family       Musaceae
genus        Ensete Horan.