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Musa - (Welw.)Cheesman.

Common Name Ethiopian Banana, Abyssinian banana
Family Musaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open mountain forests[166].
Range N. Africa - Ethiopia.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Tender Moist Soil Full sun
Musa Ethiopian Banana, Abyssinian banana


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Musa Ethiopian Banana, Abyssinian banana
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Musa is an evergreen Perennial growing to 6 m (19ft) by 3 m (9ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Musa ensete. M. ventricosum.

Habitats

Edible Uses

The chopped and grated pulp of the corms and leaf sheaths is fermented and used as a flour in making kocho bread[134, 177, 183]. 100% kocho flour or a mixture of kocho and other cereal flours may be used[183]. It is said to taste like a good quality bread[2]. The endosperm of the seed is consumed as a food[183]. The base of the flower stalk is edible cooked[2, 177].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

A fibre is obtained from the plant[134].

Cultivation details

Requires a very sheltered sunny position in a fertile moisture-retentive soil[200]. This species is not very hardy in Britain but it succeeds outdoors on the Scilly Islands[134] and is sometimes used in sub-tropical bedding[1]. Plants can survive light frosts but they require ample shelter from the wind[166]. It should be possible to grow plants in tubs, keeping them outdoors in the summer and bringing them into a greenhouse or conservatory in the winter[K]. The leaves can be up to 6 metres long[188].

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Propagation

Sow the large seed in individual pots in a heated greenhouse at any time of the year. Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water beforehand[200]. Germination should take place within 3 months. Grow on the plants for at least a couple of winters in the greenhouse before attempting to grow them outdoors. Division of suckers in spring. Try to get as much of the sucker's roots out as possible without disturbing the main plant too much. Pot the suckers up and grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse until they are established.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Ensete ventricosumEthiopian Banana, Abyssinian banana20
Musa acuminataDwarf Banana, Edible banana40
Musa balbisianaPlantain, Plantain Banana41
Musa basjooJapanese Banana22
Musa textilisAbaca00
Musa x paradisiacaBanana52
Musanga cecropioidesCorkwood34

 

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(Welw.)Cheesman.

Botanical References

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