Yellow-Flower Banana
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Yellow-Flower Banana
P Native Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Yellow-Flower Banana • Nyshi: Nido Kopo
Botanical name: Musa flaviflora    Family: Musaceae (Banana family)

Yellow-Flower Banana is a medium lant, immature plants densely waxy, suckering close to parent, 6-25 cm apart, with 8-12 suckers; mature pseudostem up to 3.8-4.1 m tall, 20 cm in diameter at base; sheaths underlaying colour green with black or dark brown blotches, shiny; sap milky. Leaf-stalk is up to 80-110 cm, 4 cm in diameter, initially waxy, with black blotches below when matured; tightly clasping the pseudostem. Leaves are intermediate; blade elliptic, to 2.4-2.7 m long, 57-63 cm wide, their tip flat, above deep green, below light green, slightly corrugated; leaf base symmetric, both sides rounded; midrib below yellowish green with black blotches, above light green. Inflorescence is arching downwards; flower-cluster-stalk up to 50 cm long. Female bud lanceshaped, up to 30 cm long, 11 cm in diameter; bracts pink, convolute, waxy, curled and deciduous, ovate, 30-35 cm long, 13-14 cm wide; basal flowers female; 18-20 flowers in two rows. Male bud lanceshaped, to 15-24 cm long, 7 cm in diameter, bracts pink-reddish, slightly waxy, light reddish or light pinkish without wax internally, convolute, lifting one bract at a time, curled; male flowers on average 19-21 per bract in 2 rows, falling with bracts; compound tepal up to 4.8-5.0 cm long, 1.3 cm wide, light orange in colour; free tepal to 2.0-2.2 cm long. Fruit branch compact, with 6-7 hands and 16-19 fruits per hand, in 2 rows, with finger tips pointing towards the stalk. Peel of immature fruits is light green, ripe ones yellowish brown, not waxy; fruit pulp white.

Identification credit: Rajib Gogoi Photographed in East Siang district, Arunachal Pradesh.

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