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  Musa x paradisiaca 'Ae Ae'
  Family Name : Musaceae

  Synonyms : Musa 'Ae Ae', Musa acuminata x balbisiana 'Ae Ae'

  Common Names : Royal Variegated Banana, Variegated Hawaiian Banana, Sacred Banana, Ae Ae Hybrid Plantain Banana

 
Royal Variegated Banana,Variegated Hawaiian Banana,Sacred Banana,Ae Ae Hybrid Plantain Banana
  • Record Info
    • Featured in '1001 Garden Plants in Singapore' Book (2ed) :
      True
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Herbaceous)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Perennial
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
      Plant Shape :
      Shrubby
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Hawaii
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Tropical
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Herbaceous plant up to 5 m tall.
      Foliage: The variegated leaves are large and very ornamental. Variegation appears as white and light green sectors on the leaf blade.  
      Stems: The stem is a pseudostem, formed by tightly packed leaf sheathes.
      Flowers: The inflorescence hangs down vertically. Flowers are yellow with purple bracts.
      Fruits: The fruits are also variegated.
      Cultivation :
      Plants do well in a sheltered location with consist moist but well-drained, fertile soils. Need protection from winds. The plant can be used as focal plants in the garden, and also suitable for container-growing. Give ample spacing between plants so that leaves have space to spread out gracefully. Propagation can be done by dividing suckers. 
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Fruits)
      Food (Fruit & Vegetable)
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Fruits)
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Fruits, Ornamental Form
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Parks & Gardens, Focal Plant, Container Planting
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Naturalistic Garden, Economic Garden
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna) (Insects (Ant, Beetle, Fly, Thrip, Wasp))
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Lots of Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Moderate
      Maintenance Requirements :
      Moderate
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Sucker, Division
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Evergreen
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green, Green - Light Green, White
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Smooth, Glossy / Shiny
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Oblong)
      Foliar Venation :
      Parallel
      Foliar Margin :
      Entire
      Typical Foliar Area :
      Macrophyll ( 182.25cm2 - 1640.25 cm2 )
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Trunk Type (Non-Palm) :
      Non-Woody
      Stem Type & Modification :
      Pseudostem
      Root Type :
      Underground (Fibrous Root)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Unisexual Flowers (Monoecious)
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Purple, Yellow / Golden
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flowering Habit :
      Monocarpic
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Green, White
      Fruit Classification :
      Simple Fruit
      Fruit Type :
      Fleshy Fruit (Non-Accessory Fruit: Berry)
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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