Musa paradisiaca L.

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Musa paradisiaca

Photo: Mark Hyde
Churchill Avenue, opposite Falmouth Road, Harare

Musa paradisiaca

Photo: Mark Hyde
Churchill Avenue, opposite Falmouth Road, Harare

Musa paradisiaca

Photo: Mark Hyde
Churchill Avenue, opposite Falmouth Road, Harare

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Common names: Plantain (English)
Status: Introduced (cultivated) and rarely escaping
Notes: Recorded for Zimbabwe in Biegel (1977)
Derivation of specific name: paradisiaca: of paradise, i.e. of gardens
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native to India
Zimbabwe distribution:
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Eudocima divitiosa (Larval foodplant)
Eudocima materna (Larval foodplant)
Diaphone eumela (Larval foodplant)
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White, F. (1962). Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia Oxford Univ. Press. Page 17.

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Flora of Malawi: cultivated Musa paradisiaca
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Musa paradisiaca
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Musa paradisiaca
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Musa paradisiaca

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Musa paradisiaca
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Musa paradisiaca
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Musa paradisiaca
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Musa paradisiaca
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Musa paradisiaca
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Musa paradisiaca
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Musa paradisiaca
iNaturalist: Musa paradisiaca
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Musa paradisiaca
JSTOR Plant Science: Musa paradisiaca
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Musa paradisiaca
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Musa paradisiaca
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Musa paradisiaca
Plants of the World Online: Musa paradisiaca
The Plant List (version 1.1): Musa paradisiaca
Tropicos: Musa paradisiaca
Wikipedia: Musa paradisiaca

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Musa paradisiaca., retrieved 1 April 2020

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