The Plantain Flower (Musa × paradisiaca)

The Plantain Flower (Musa × paradisiaca) with immature plantains.  These are from the ‘Praying Hands’ cultivar. Cooking bananas are often informally referred to as plantains. Plantains are a major food staple in East Africa, West and Central Africa (Cameroon), Central America, the Caribbean and northern, coastal parts of South America. The flower has a very long stalk which begins to grown upwards, but…

The Blooming of Musa velutina (Pink Velvet Banana)

Musa velutina (Pink Velvet Banana) 1/640,  f/5.6, ISO 160, @170mm Musa velutina, aka Pink Banana, or Pink Velvet Banana, is a species of ornamental seeded banana plant. Fruits are 3 inches long, pink, and fuzzy. They can be eaten but just be careful with the hard seeds.The plant blooms an erect flower stalk with a pink inflorescence. Musa velutina…

Lavender Banana Flower (Musa Ornata)

Lavender Banana Flower (Musa Ornata) ISO 400, 1/60, f/2.8, @60mm Aka Orchid Banana, Purple Banana or Ornamental Banana. This plant is native to India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar (Burma). I’ve been scouting a botanical garden, and to my surprise I found this Banana “Orchid”. I asked a local horticulturist about the term “ornamental” and she said it applied to most flowering…