Ensete glaucum

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Ensete glaucum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Musaceae
Genus: Ensete
Species: E. glaucum
Binomial name
Ensete glaucum
(Roxb.) Cheesman

Ensete glaucum, the Snow Banana, has also been classified as Musa nepalensis, Ensete giganteum, or Ensete wilsonii.


The tree is native to China, Nepal, India, Myanmar (Burma), and Thailand.

It grows from 2,600–8,800 feet (790–2,680 m) in elevation.


Ensete glaucum has a thick, waxy and blue, solitary trunk. It grows larger than the Abyssinian Banana (Ensete ventricosum).

It has huge bluish leaves up to 10 feet (3.0 m) long.


The plant is cultivated as an ornamental plant, for its unique its swollen bulbous base and large leaves.

It is easy to raise from seed. It is an extremely fast growing banana given heat, but not as hardy as the Abyssinian Banana (Ensete ventricosum), and is not as well known.

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Data related to Ensete glaucum at Wikispecies