Rhino Horn banana

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Musa 'African Rhino Horn'
Hybrid parentage Musa acuminata × Musa balbisiana
Cultivar group AAB Group (Plantain Group)
Cultivar 'African Rhino Horn'
Origin Africa

Rhino Horn bananas, also called Rhino Horn plantains or African Rhino Horn, are hybrid banana cultivars from Africa. It produces strongly curved and elongated edible bananas which can grow to a length of two feet, making them have the longest fruits among banana cultivars.

Taxonomy[edit]

The Rhino Horn banana is a triploid (AAB Group, commonly known as Horn plantains) hybrid of the seeded banana Musa balbisiana and Musa acuminata.[1]

Its official designation is Musa acuminata × balbisiana (AAB Group) 'African Rhino Horn'.

Description[edit]

Rhino Horn banana plants can grow to a height of 12 to 20 feet.[2][3] The pseudostem and leaves are dappled red.

Rhino Horn bananas have the longest fruits among banana cultivars, reaching up to 2 feet in length,[3] though they normally only reach lengths of 12 to 14 inches. They produce two to four hands per bunch.[4]

Uses[edit]

Fruits of the Rhino Horn bananas can be eaten raw or cooked. They are also cultivated as ornamental plants for their attractive coloration.[3]

Pests and diseases[edit]

Common pests[edit]

  • Borers
  • Grasshoppers
  • Root Nematodes

Common diseases[edit]

  • Panama disease
  • Black Sigatoka

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michel H. Porcher; Prof. Snow Barlow (2002-07-19). "Sorting Musa names". The University of Melbourne, [1]. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Tropical Fruit Information
  3. ^ a b c Musa 'African Rhino Horn'
  4. ^ Encanto Farms: Plantains

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