9 responses to “Musa coccinea”

  1. Everett Skinner

    Perhaps, like some other banana species occasionally encountered in South Florida, the fruit of Musa coccinea are filled with so many seeds that they are almost inedible.

  2. Nette

    Beautiful photo and informative description. “The fruits of scarlet banana are orange when ripe…” Does this mean the skin, the pulp, or both?

  3. Knox M Henry

    Very interesting and a well-written article. Any idea why it is extinct in certain areas of China?

  4. Patrick Collins

    In Chinese it is known as 红蕉 hong jiao, which means “red banana”.

    This is one of three bananas named for being red and found in China, the others being Musa rubra (red banana) and Musa sanguinea (bloody banana). Although the botanist may just have been upset with the last one.

    The plant was named in 1790 as Musa uranoscopus by Loureiro. This specific name means “heaven-gazer” and was used in both Greek and Latin for a type of electricity-producing fish with eyes pointed upwards. The banana was so-called because the flower-stalk did not droop like many in the genus, I presume. He records the fruit as being scarlet, many-seeded and not edible.

    1. Patrick Collins
      1. Patrick Collins

        Musa uranoscopos, sorry, the fish is the genus Uranoscopus.

  5. Judy Morgan

    Would this banana work as a container plant in the Southern U.S.?

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