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  Ensete glaucum (Roxb.) Cheesman
  Family Name : Musaceae

  Synonyms : Ensete giganteum, Musa nepalensis, Musa glauca

  Common Names : Snow Banana

  Chinese Name : 象腿蕉

Snow Banana
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Herbaceous Plant
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      China, India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand
      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Large herbs grow up to 6 m tall.
      Foliage: Leaves are solid green and oblong, measuring 1.5-1.8 m long and 0.5-0.6 m wide.
      Stems: The waxy coated pseudostem is made up of tightly-overlapping leaf sheaths.
      Flowers: The hanging inflorescence emerges at the tip of the pseudostem, can grow to 2.5 m long. The non-showy flowers are hidden under large green bracts. 
      Fruits: Fruits are oblong, measuring about 9 cm long and 3.5 cm wide. The black seeds are about 1 cm in diameter.
      Cultivation :
      The plants do well in nutrient-rich soils and in full sun. Need protection against strong wind, to prevent any damages to the large leaves.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Agriculture / Forestry (The pseudostems are used as food for pigs in China.)
  • 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 :
      Parks & Gardens, Shade Providing Tree / Palm
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Yellow / Golden
      Mature Seed Colour(s) :
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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