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Dwarf Cavendish BananaMusa acuminata
|Suitable for Bonsai
Musa acuminata is one of the ancestral species of modern edible bananas. It is native to Malesia, the archipelago north of Australia.
Most of the bananas you can buy in the shops are Dwarf Cavendish Bananas.
It is an evergreen perennial whose pseudo stem is made of tightly packed layers of leaf sheaths.
The Dwarf Cavendish cultivar is considerably smaller than its parent species, and this means it can be grown as an ornamental plant. It grows up to 3 metres (9 feet) tall.
The leaves are broad and bright green, with maroon blotches that disappear as the plant ages. They can grow to over 1 metre (3 feet) long.
The flowers are bright yellow and grow on drooping spikes.
The fruit, which are actually berries, are between 6–10 inches (15–25 cm) in length and have a distinctive sweet taste when ripe. They are green initially and turn yellow as they ripen. Over-ripe bananas turn black and mushy.
The short stature of this plant makes it wind resistant, and its fast growth rate makes it ideal for commercial exploitation. It is one of the major global food crops, and an essential component of many countries economies.
The broad leaves, exotic shape and colourful fruits of this plant make it a great house plant, and you need never buy another banana as well!
- This cultivar is named after William Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Devonshire, who first cultivated them at Chatsworth House
- The fruit that this plant produces are edible
- Care should always be taken to ensure that the fruits are ripe and edible before consuming