'FHIA-03' at a glance


Credit: Jeff Daniells
Ploidy level


Genome group



Synthetic hybrid

Breeding institute


Breeder's code



SH-3386 ((Gaddatu x BB) x SH-2471) x SH-3320

ITC code


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Local names

'Mona Lisa'

History of cultivation and current distribution

'FHIA-03' was released by FHIA in 1987 and is a dwarf cooking banana, bred from parents in the Bluggoe sub-group1 .

Morphological characteristics

'FHIA-03' can be distinguished by the pseudostem colour which is bright light green with no, or very few, blotches.  'FHIA-03' is the only FHIA hybrid with this characteristic2 .

Agronomic characteristics

Days from planting to flowering: 7.9 months3

Days from flowering to harvest: 122.74

Days from planting to harvest: 10.9, 11.6, 11.4 months3

Height at shooting (cm):

Height at harvest (cm): 222, 228, 2333

Girth at shooting (cm):

Functional leaves at shooting:

Total leaves at shooting: 10.7, 11.8, 13.73

Height of tallest sucker (cm): 96.7, 100, 1083

Mean bunch weight (kg): 31.84

Number of hands: 7.3, 7.7, 83

Total number of fruits: 91.3, 91.7, 923 , 1505

Number of fruits on hand:

Finger length (cm): 224

Finger girth (cm): 14.24

Finger weight (g): 1134

Yield (t/ha/y): 26.5, 34.2, 37.13

Reaction to diseases and pests

Fungal diseases

Fusarium wilt (Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense)

'FHIA-03' is considered susceptible but tolerant to Foc race 1 and Foc race 4. Despite high internal discolouration scores caused by Foc race 1 and Foc race 4 during evaluation trials as part of the International Musa Testing Programme Phase 2 trials, average bunch weight remained high (20.4 kg and 22.3 kg, respectively) across the sites6 .

However, 'FHIA-03' has also been reported as susceptible and sensitive to Fusarium wilt, with strong declines in yield when infected in field evaluation trials in Burundi{7 and Australia8 .


'FHIA-03' is used as a cooking, brewing and dessert banana.


2 Alvarez, J.M. and Rosales, F.E. Rosales, F.E. (ed.). 2008. Identification and characterization guide for FHIA banana and plantain hybrids. Bioversity International, Montpellier. 15p.
3 Dzomeku, B.M., Banful, B., Ankoma, A.A., Yeboah, D.K. and Darkey, S.K. 2000. Multilocational evaluation of FHIA hybrids in Ghana. Infomusa (FRA) 9(1):20-22.
4 Nowakunda, K., Rubaihayo, P.R., Ameny, M.A. and Tushemereirwe, W. 2000. Consumer acceptability of introduced bananas in Uganda. Infomusa (FRA) 9(2):22-25.
5 Krauss, U., Soberanis, W. and Jarra, J. 2001. Evaluation of FHIA hybrids in comparison with local Musa clones in a black Sigatoka-free area of eastern Peru. Infomusa (FRA) 10(1):21-26.
6 Orjeda, G., Escalant, J. and Moore, N. 1999. The international Musa Testing Programme (IMTP) phase II overview of final report and summary of results. Infomusa (FRA) 8(1):3-10.
8 Moore, N.Y., Pegg, K.G., Smith, L., Langdon, P.W., Bentley, S. and Smith, M.K. 2001. Fusarium wilt of banana in Australia. p.64-75. In: Molina, A.B., Nik Masdek, N.H. and Liew, K.W. (eds.). Proceedings of International Workshop on the Banana Fusarium Wilt Disease, Genting Highlands Resort (MYS), 1999/10/18-20. Banana Fusarium wilt management: Towards sustainable cultivation. INIBAP, Los Baños (PHL).

See also on this website

Local names for 'FHIA-03' in the cultivar checklist
Musapedia pages on FHIA hybrids:
Musapedia pages on improved materials: