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  Musa paradisiaca
 
  Family: MUSACEAE
  Citation:  Musa x paradisiaca L., Sp. Pl. 1043. 1753; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1495(1046). 1928; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 289. 1982; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 410. 1984; Ansari, Fl. Kasaragod Div. 382. 1985; Antony, Syst. Stud. Fl. Kottayam Dist. 394. 1989; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 802. 1990; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 465. 1996; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 339. 1997; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 719. 1997; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 687. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 868. 2009. Musa rosacea Jacq., Pl. Hort. Schoenbr. 4: 22. 1804; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 6: 263. 1892; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1497(1046). 1928; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 316. 1988; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 719. 1997. Musa x sapientum L., Syst. Nat. (ed.10) 1303. 1759; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 6: 262. 1892. Musa x sapidisiaca Jacob, Monogr. Madras Bananas 129. 1952.
  Malayalam Name(s): Kadalivazha, Shethrakadali, Vazha, Vazhapazham, Nenthran, Ethakkai
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Banana, Kadali, Plantain
  Description: Stout herbs; root stock large; stem formed by the imbricate base of petioles. Leaves simple, large, with a thick midnerve and pinnately parallel nerves. Inflorescence terminal, spicate; bracts spathaceous, large. Flowers bisexual. Sepals and petals connate. Lip free, transparent. Stamens 5, fertile, with a sterile staminode. Ovary inferior, 3-celled; ovules many, axile; style filiform, with a lobulate stigma. Fruit fleshy, oblong.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: Throughout the year
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Cultivated
  Distribution: Cultivated throughput the tropics
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s):
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Monocotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: Yes
  Vegetable: Yes
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Kochalumoodu
   
 
   
 
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