This small and slender ornamental banana has erect inflorescences with bright red bracts that are yellow and green at the tips. It can be grown in a container or on the ground where it can reach a height of about 3-3.5 m tall. The leaves are bright green, narrow and oblong. The fruits also appear upright and in groups of 2-5 hands, each hand having 1-3 fruits. The blooms last a long time and suitable as cut flowers.
The name was given in honour of Odoardo Beccari (1843-1920), the Italian naturalist famed for his resarch work in Borneo and best known for discovering Titan arum, the largest tropical flower on planet earth.
Musa beccarii can be found growing naturally along the Kinabatangan River on the eastern part of Sabah, a Malaysian state situated in the island of Borneo.
“Musa beccarii N.W. Simmonds - An Exotic Wild Banana Beauty from Borneo”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on April 8th, 2011.
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9
Propagation is by seeds and suckers.
This is my entry for Fertilizer Friday this week, grateful thanks to Tootsie for hosting it here.