Family : Musaceae
Habit : Perennial giant herbs from a branching corm-like rhizome; each shoot dying after flowering
Leaves : Leaves very large; sheaths imbricate, forming a pseudostem up to 4 m. high; lamina oblong.
Flowers : mostly unisexual, clustered and subtended by large green spathaceous bracts, the male flowers within the upper bracts, the female within the lower, Calyx elongated, at first narrowly tubular, soon splitting on one side, variously toothed at apex, Corolla more or less 2-lipped, Stamens 5 perfect, with a rudimentary sixth, or 6 perfect; filaments filiform; anthers 2-locular, the loculi parallel and contiguous, Ovary inferior, 3-locular; ovules numerous, axile; style filiform, with a lobulate stigma.
Fruit: fleshy, indehiscent.
seeds : cultivated species are seedless.
- Test tube plant, developed by Sachin Patavardhan & Dr. Shashi Kiran from Dr Küpper's Biotech Unit Laboratory of Applied Biology