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Friday, April 8, 2011

Musa beccarii N.W. Simmonds - An Exotic Wild Banana Beauty From Borneo

It has a name that reminds me of champagne and Ferrari.

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 @ on April 8th, 2011.

Scientific name: Musa beccarii N.W. Simmonds
Family: Musaceae
Category: Ornamental banana
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9
Origin: Borneo
Photo taken at: Floria 2010.

Propagation is by seeds and suckers.

This is my entry for Fertilizer Friday this week, grateful thanks to Tootsie for hosting it here.


  1. Wow you have a new banana! If only we have nurseries and wide areas, then we can plant each plant and multiply them. Then we will sell it to other interested bloggers like Solitude Rising, haha! I prefer this one than the pink, but if they will be planted side by side then it could be very beautiful. The other side will be planted to Heliconia and bunga kantan, other side is orchids of course.

  2. Beautiful. I'm always amazed at the interesting things in your garden paradise.

  3. Oh dear! You must be going bananas. Or is it me? I cannot understand your comments. Was it in banana language?

  4. I thought it was bird of paradise adik-beradik at first. Must be Encik Musa who classified this banana first.

  5. Interesting that you should post about bananas. I was just visiting this week with friends and they are looking for a banana to grow here in Zone 4-5. Any ideas? Maybe if protected from our Winters? Jack

  6. OMG!!!! mine have never is three years old and I am just happy it is still alive...the ones I grow are so picky!!! I wish I could see mine bloom...any tips??? I know you have some somewhere!!! Your garden posts are always so fabulous! thanks for linking in this week!!! I am so glad to have seen this!!!

  7. banana plants are always so gorgeous!!

  8. Exotic looking... I am sure jantung can be eaten.

  9. Truly a banana month, going bananas all over your pixz..~;). tQ

  10. That banana plant is gorgeous!
    These are beautiful!

  11. Andrea, I didn’t know we have so many types of bananas until I visited Floria 2010. Really learnt a lot from the Flower Show.

    Farmer of the Greek blog, Olea & Gardening, Welcome to My Nice Garden! Thank you very much for the visit.

    Asha Ram, HolleyGarden, it is indeed exotic.

    One, Yes! I am going bananas this month, starting from April Fools day. I wrote some comments to you with Korean and Japanese greetings, not Greek ;-)

    Diana, according to Wikipedia, Musa, the genus name is probably derived from the Arabic, Persian and Turkish word for banana.

    Gardens at Waters East, according to internet sources, bananas that may be able to grow in Zone 5 is Musa lasiocarpa (posted earlier) and Musa velutina (my next post) and Musa basjoo ( I have never seen it yet) but over winter care is needed.

    Tootsie, I have seen your banana plant and it looks great. The foliage is exotic and lovely even if it hasn’t bloomed yet. Hope it’ll bloom this summer. Good Luck!

    Wendy, yes, they are gorgeous. After seeing the different colours and shapes of the ornamental bananas, I have begun to look at banana plants from a different perspective. There are quite many choices for a small garden.

    Bangchik, the jantung is too beautiful to be eaten! Sayang-lah.

    Radhika, some of the dwarf bananas look like bonsais on the ground.

    Bananaz, 3 more coming soon, just like a banana beauty pagent ;>)

    Sandra, this banana species has gorgeous flowers but mini fruits.

  12. I love this one..the colour is so hot and beautiful! The name reminded me of my ex..hehehe..

  13. What a lovely and interesting plant.
    I liked your champagne and Ferrari thought. :)
    That first shot is gorgeous!

  14. This specie is really fascinating... would love to have a plant myself if I were in Malaysia...

  15. I was going to ask why you have gone bananas when I read One's comments. Haha.Where do you get all your bananas?

  16. look so much like a ginger flower.

  17. P3Chadan, it reminds you of a jejaka?

    Carletta, I think the name is quite fanciful.

    Lrong, I haven't seen this growing in people's garden yet.

    Rosie, I photographed my banana models at Floria 2010.

    James, yeah, they belong to the same order of Zingiberales.


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