Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman

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Ensete ventricosum

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Leopard Rock Golf Course, Vumba

Ensete ventricosum

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Bridal Veil Falls, Chimanimani

Ensete ventricosum

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Bridal Veil Falls, Chimanimani

Ensete ventricosum

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Bridal Veil Falls, Chimanimani

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Synonyms: Ensete edule Horan.
Musa ensete J.F. Gmel.
Common names: Hovha (Shona) Wild banana (English)
Frequency: Local and occasional
Status: Native
Description:
Unmistakable, fleshy non-woody tree with fan-shaped crown of large leaves.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: ventricosum: ventricose, swelling or inflated on one side or unevenly
Habitat: Along streams in evergreen forest and forested ravines.
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Cameroon and Ethiopia, south to Angola and Limpopo South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 314. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 117. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 233.

Lock, J.M. (1993). Musaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 3 - 5. (Includes a picture).

Lock, J.M. & Diniz, M.A. (2010). Musaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(4) Pages 105 - 107. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 56 - 57. (Includes a picture).

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 103 - 104.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ensete ventricosum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=116100, retrieved 26 June 2016

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