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Family: Musaceae (banana family)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Zingiberales

Two genera (Ensete and Musa) and 35 species, with one species, Ensete ventricosum, native to southern Africa and three species of Musa cultivated in the region, including Musa acuminata (Banana, Plantain).

Genera native to southern Africa


About 25 species (subtropics extending from Africa to Asia and New Guinea), with one species, Ensete ventricosum, native to southern Africa.

Other genera, cultivated in southern Africa

Musa (banana genus)

Three species are recorded as being cultivated in southern Africa, the most well known being Musa acuminata (Banana, Plantain).


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