Musella lasiocarpa

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Chinese dwarf banana
Musella lasiocarpa2.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musella
(Franch.) C.Y.Wu ex H.W.Li[2]
M. lasiocarpa
Binomial name
Musella lasiocarpa
(Franch.) C.Y.Wu ex H.W.Li[1]

Musella lasiocarpa, commonly known as Chinese dwarf banana, golden lotus banana or Chinese yellow banana, is the sole species in the genus Musella.[2] It is thus a close relative of bananas, and also a member of the family Musaceae. The plant is native to the Yunnan province in China, where it grows high in the mountains up to an altitude of 2500 m. It is known for its yellow erect flower (see image), generally appearing during the second year of cultivation, that can last a few months. Just before opening, the flower resembles a lotus - from which the plant gets one of its names.

Musella lasiocarpa at Hampton Court Flower Show.jpg


  1. ^ a b "Musella lasiocarpa (Franch.) C.Y.Wu ex H.W.Li". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  2. ^ a b "Musella (Franch.) C.Y.Wu ex H.W.Li", Plants of the World Online, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2019-01-19
  3. ^ Musa lasiocarpa (the basionym of Ensete lasiocarpum) was originally described and published in Journal de Botanique (Morot) 3(20): 330–331, f. 1. 1889. "Name - Musa lasiocarpa Franch". Tropicos. MOBOT. Retrieved March 9, 2013.

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