Musa velutina

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Musa velutina
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa
Species: M. velutina
Binomial name
Musa velutina

Musa velutina, the Pink Banana, is a species of seeded banana. Fruits are 3 inches long, pink, and fuzzy. They are borne on erect flower stalks with a pink inflorescence. M. velutina flowers at a young age, doing so within a year. The fruits peel back when ripe. It is often grown as an ornamental, but has soft, sweet flesh that can be eaten. The seeds are quite hard and can chip a tooth.