“Musa velutina - The Self-Peeling Hairy Pink Banana”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on April 29th, 2011.
'Velutina' is a Latin word meaning 'velvety'. The bloom and fruits are covered with tiny hairs which gives it a velvet texture. Unlike the other ornamental bananas that bear green to yellow fruits, the fruits of the Musa velutina are strikingly special in that they are pinkish purple in colour. When ripe, they self-peel and open to reveal the white banana flesh underneath. The bunch of fruits looks like another beautiful flower. The plant can reach a height of 2 m.