Kameng Wild Banana
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Kameng Wild Banana
P Native Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Kameng Wild Banana
Botanical name: Musa kamengensis    Family: Musaceae (Banana family)

Kameng Wild Banana is a wild species of banana from Eastern Himalaya. It is a plant with mature pseudostem up to 4.25 m tall, up to 13 cm in diameter at base, covered with dead remains of older sheaths. It is named for the type locality, Kameng in Arunachal Pradesh. Leaves are elliptic to oblong, 1.65-2.35 m long, 65-87 cm broad, base slightly asymmetric, one side rounded, one side pointed, tip flat. Lower surface is pale or yellowish green, non-waxy, upper surface deep green, shiny, midrib yellowish green, below blackish purple spotted. Inflorescence is erect, sterile leaf-like bract up to 70 cm long, normal sterile bracts 2, up to 47 × 9 cm; flower-cluster stalk is 11-21 cm long, up to 5 cm in diameter, green, velvet-hairy, not waxy, persistent at opening and remaining to maturity of first carpellate flowers. Fruit bunch is erect or rising up, compact, individual fruit straight, up to 12 cm long including stalk, 3.5 cm in diameter, prominently 3-4 ridged, tip blunt; stalk 2 cm long, 7 mm in diameter, slightly curved, hairless. Immature fruit peel green, not waxy, fruit pulp white; seeds up to 133 per fruit, angular, wrinkled, 3 mm long, 7 mm wide at tip. Kameng Wild Banana is found in Arunachal Pradesh, at altitudes of 800-1500 m.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in East Siang district, Arunachal Pradesh.

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