Banana tree

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Bunch of bananas


A plant from the family Musaceae. Banana plants, such as the Musa sapientum, are grown in most tropical areas, such as the Philippines, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Africa, for its fruit. Several type of fibers obtained from the leaves of banana plants (see Banana fiber). Banana paper is a handmade, decorative paper produced from the pulp of banana stalks.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Musaceae; Musa sapientum; bananplante (Dan.); Banane (Deut.); plátano (Esp.); banana (Esp., It., Port.); banano (Esp.); cambur (Esp.); guineo (Esp.); banane (Fr.); banaan (Ned.); banan (Nor., Pol., Sven.)

Banana tree Musa sapientum

Physical and Chemical Properties

Palm-like tree growing to 25 m with large arching leaves (10 feet long) that are often split and torn.

Resources and Citations

  • Virginia Tech Dendrology website at (Accessed Dec. 9, 2005)