- Banana family
Lock, J.M. (1993)
Description of the family
Tall herbs. Leaves very large, spirally arranged, the leaf-sheaths forming a cylindric pseudostem. Lamina oblong. Inflorescence appearing to arise from the apex of the pseudostem. Flowers unisexual; female flowers on proximal parts of infl, male on distal, borne in groups subtended by spathaceous bracts. Calyx spathaceous, splitting down one side, with ± 3 teeth at apex. Corolla lobes 3, two of them adnate to calyx tube, the third separate and directed downwards. Stamens 6, but usually 1 rudimentary. Ovary inferior, 3-locular. Fruit a large elongated fleshy 3-locular berry containing (in the wild species) numerous subspherical seeds.
Worldwide: 6 genera and 200 species, tropics. (These numbers include the Strelitziaceae which I have treated as a separate family).
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Other sources of information about Musaceae:Flora of Zimbabwe
: cultivated Musaceae pageFlora of Mozambique
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for MusaceaeGoogle
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Musaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=144, retrieved 18 May 2013