- Musa balbisiana
Musa balbisiana The fruit of Musa balbisiana, showing numerous seeds. Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae (unranked): Angiosperms (unranked): Monocots (unranked): Commelinids Order: Zingiberales Family: Musaceae Genus: Musa Species: M. balbisiana Binomial name Musa balbisiana
Musa balbisiana is a species of wild banana native to South Asia. It is one of the ancestors of modern cultivated bananas along with Musa acuminata. It grows lush leaves in clumps and grows with a more upright habit than most cultivated bananas. Flowers grow in inflorescences coloured red to maroon. The fruit are between blue and green. They are considered inedible because of the seeds they contain. It may be assumed that wild bananas used to be cooked and eaten or agriculturalists would not have developed the cultivated banana.
Seeded Musa balbisiana are called "butuhan" ('with seeds') in the Philippines. Natural parthenocarpic clones occur through polyploidy and produce edible bananas. Examples of which are wild Saba Bananas.
- ^ Musa balbisiana
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