Botanical name: Musa ornata Family: Musaceae (Banana family)
Synonyms: Musa mexicana
Bronze Banana is a small banana plant growing up to 9 ft tall, native to south-east Asia, grown for its good looks. Bronze banana has glaucous green leaves, 6 ft long. The inflorescence is erect, consisting of purple - to lilac bracts with yellow tips. The flowers are orange-yellow. The edible fruits are yellowish when ripe. However, the flowers must be pollinated and fertilized for the full development of the fruit. Bananas are herbaceous; the stem is a horizontal rhizome that grows underground. A bud on the rhizome sends up a tightly packed spiral of leaves. This tight bundle of leaf bases forms a pseudostem. When sufficiently mature, the inflorescence grows from the rhizome up through the center of the leaf bases and emerges at the top.
The flower labeled Bronze Banana is ...