The banana plant

Banana plant with fruit

The banana was domesticated in the hot and humid forests that extend from India to the Solomon Islands, where wild species of bananas are native. Even though the bananas that were domesticated for edibility have lost the ability to spontaneously engage in sexual reproduction, they are basically cut from the same cloth as their wild ancestors.

The objective of this portal is to provide general information on the banana plant. To find out how the various types of cultivated bananas differ from each other, visit the portal on banana diversity.

Sucker (the offshoot)
Pseudostem (the false trunk)