Orange Banana
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Orange Banana
P Native Photo: Vinay Kumar Sahani
Common name: Orange Banana
Botanical name: Musa aurantiaca    Family: Musaceae (Banana family)

Orange Banana is a slender plant, suckering freely, close to parent plant, up to 12 suckers, in natural habitat 25-30 suckers, position vertical. Mature pseudostem is up to 1.1 m high and 5 cm in diameter at base. Leaf-stalks are up to 25 cm long, leaves up to 80 cm long and 27 cm wide, narrowly elliptic, flat at the tip, upper surface green and lower surface medium green, leaf bases asymmetric, both sides rounded. Inflorescence is erect, flower-cluster-stalk up to 15 cm long and 2.5 cm in diameter, hairless and light green to red in color, sterile bract one, bracts persistent at the opening of the first female flowers. Male bud, ovate, 11 cm long and 4 cm wide, bracts orange red in external side, orange yellow internal side, with few waxes outside, lifting 1–2 bracts at a time, curled before falling. Fruit bunch is lax, with 5 hands and 4–5 fruits per hand on average, in 1 row. Individual fruits are 4.5 cm long, straight, angular, flower-stalk 6 mm long and hairless, fruit tip rounded and with floral relicts, immature fruit peel light green, becoming yellow at maturity. Orange Banana is native to NE India to Myanmar. Flowering: All year.

Identification credit: Vinay Kumar Sahani Photographed in Namdapha National Park, Changlang, Arunachal Pradesh.

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