musa salaccensis…a rare type of forest banana endemic to Java…the color of the fruit is white with purple stripes…and the flower petals are purplish pink…only 1-1.5 meters high…and is still related to musa lawitiensis is endemic to Kalimantan.
Musa salaccensis, commonly called Javanese wild banana, is a Malesian tropical species of plant in the banana family native to the islands of Sumatra and Java, in Indonesia. It is placed in section Callimusa (now including the former section Australimusa), members of which have a diploid chromosome number of 2n = 20
Musa salaccensis is an evergreen, perennial, herbaceous plant growing about 3 metres tall. The plant produces a clump of large pseudostems that make it appear rather tree-like. These stems grow up from a short, perennial stoloniferous rootstock. The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for its edible inflorescence and stem. It is also sometimes cultivated as a food crop.
A plant of the moist tropics, where it is found at elevations up to 1,200 metres. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 24 – 30°c, but can tolerate 15 – 35°c. Dormant plants can be killed by temperatures of 8°c or lower, whilst young growth can be killed at 12°c. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 1,200 – 3,000mm, but tolerates 1,000 – 4,000mm.
Grows best in full sun or light shade. Succeeds in most fertile soils, so long as they are well-drained. Prefers a position sheltered from strong winds, otherwise its large leaves can get torn to shreds. Prefers a pH in the range 5.5 – 7, tolerating 4.5 – 7.5
Musa salaccensis (also called Salacca Musa, among many other common names) is a perennial herbaceous plant native to Southeast Asia. It typically grows in humid, tropical forests and is characterized by its large, banana-like leaves and yellow flowers.
Uses & Benefits
Musa salaccensis is used as an ornamental plant in gardens and as a food source. It is also used in traditional medicine to treat various ailments.
Flower, Seeds and Seedlings
The flower of Musa salaccensis is a small, yellow-orange, cup-shaped bloom with a sweet scent. The seed is a small, black, oblong-shaped seed. The seedlings are thin, upright, and have a yellowish-green color.