|Musa acuminata 'Lakatan'|
Lakatan illustration in the 1880 book Flora de Filipinas by Francisco Manuel Blanco
|Cultivar group||AA Group|
Lakatan bananas (not to be confused with the Cavendish banana Lacatan, also called Bungulan) are diploid banana cultivars from the Philippines. It is one of the most common banana cultivars in the Philippines, along with the Latundan and Saba bananas.
Taxonomy and Nomenclature
Its official designation is Musa acuminata (AA Group) 'Lakatan'.
- Musa x paradisiaca L. ssp. sapientum (L.) Kuntze var. lacatan Blanco
- Musa acuminata Colla (Cavendish Group) cv. 'Lacatan'
The Cavendish cultivar Masak Hijau (Musa acuminata Colla (AAA Group) cv. 'Masak Hijau') is also called 'Lacatan' in Latin America and the West Indies. The cultivar Lakatan was originally described by Blanco as Lacatan, but the letter c was changed to the letter k to differentiate it from the American Lacatan which is actually a Bungulan, and also called 'Jamaican Lacatan'. See Masak Hijau.
Lakatan typically grow to a height of five to nine feet. The fruits can be harvested 8 to 12 months after planting. Lakatan is susceptible to the Banana Bunchy Top virus.
Lakatan is the most popular dessert banana in the Philippines. It is more expensive than the more common Latundan and Cavendish bananas. Both Latundan and Lakatan, however, are preferred by Filipinos over Cavendish.
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