Pronunciation key

( bə-nanə )



[ Sp. & Port. ].

  1. Tropical treelike plant related to plantains with long, broad leaves and large clusters of fruit.
  2. The fruit. A narrow, somewhat curved, flesh-colored fleshy fruit with a yellow or reddish skin.
Banana, Musa
Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom Plantae – Vegetal, plants
Subkingdom Viridaeplantae – green plants
Infrakingdom Streptophyta – land plants
Division Tracheophyta – vascular plants
Subdivision Spermatophytina – spermatophytes, seed plants
Infradivision Angiospermae – flowering plants, angiosperms
Class Magnoliopsida
Superorder Lilianae – monocots, monocotyledons
Order Zingiberales
Family Musaceae – banana
Genus Musa L. – banana
Direct Children:
Species Musa acuminata Colla – edible banana
Species Musa balbisiana Colla – plantain, banana
Species Musa ornata Roxb.
Species Musa X paradisiaca L. (pro sp.) – banana, plantain, French plantain
Species Musa textilis Née – Manila-hemp, abaca, abaca
Species Musa troglodytarum L. – fe'i banana
Species Musa velutina H. Wendl. & Drude – pink velvet banana, hairy banana

References and Further Reading

  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
  • Musa L., Taxonomic Serial No.: 42388
  • Banana Seeds
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