Ensete lasiocarpum

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Chinese dwarf banana
Musella lasiocarpa2.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Musaceae
Genus: Ensete
Species: E. lasiocarpum
Binomial name
Ensete lasiocarpum
(Franch.) Cheesman[1]

Ensete lasiocarpum, commonly known as Chinese dwarf banana, golden lotus banana or Chinese yellow banana, is a plant of the Ensete genus. It is thus a close relative of bananas, and also a member of the Musaceae family. 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. ^ Ensete lasiocarpum (from its basionym Musa lasiocarpa) was published in Kew Bulletin 2(2): 102. 1947. "Name - Ensete lasiocarpum (Franch.) Cheesman". Tropicos. Saint Louis, Missouri: Missouri Botanical Garden (MOBOT). Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of all Plant Species". 
  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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