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The virtual showroom and online store of the

TianZi Biodiversity Research & Development Centre



a collection of rare and interesting species

from Asia's forests

China, Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Vietnam, and India

introducing our own varieties:

Musa rubinea var. "orange"

Musa rubinea var. "vino-tinto"

Musa x assamica

wild species:

Ensete glaucum elephant banana

Musa basjoo snow banana

Musa coccinea red torch banana

Musa xishuangbannaensis, the tallest of all bananas (newly described)

Musa ornata ornate banana

Musa sikkimensis the most cold tolerant species of the Himalayas

Musa splendida giant red banana

Musa yunnanensis, a new species

Musa rubinea Yunnan dwarf banana, another new species

Musa sp.nov., the latest discovery with the largest flower

Musa sp., not yet identified species from limestone area

Musella lasiocarpa GOLDEN LOTUS Banana: the most outstanding of all bananas and a sacred species of Buddhism



Musa x assamica
super dwarf Assam banana

This superdwarf variety was created by Markku Hakkinen. It is the smallest Musa species known so far. Its pseudo stem reaches a maximum of 50 cm. What is most striking is that the super dwarf banana reaches maturity within 1 year and produces flowers and fruits under home conditions. Markku has successfully raised this new dwarf variety in his home in Finland, truly not a tropical country...

"Musa assamica" has been mentioned by many old botanists but it remained mystery, as it was never found again. The plant collector Gustav Mann found the species in Assam and shipped it to London among other samples. Later, the British nursery operator William Bull offered it for sale at 1 guinea per plant. He wrote:
"This is a peculiarly dwarf-habited and elegant species, and has been imported from Upper Assam.   The slender pseudostems are about a foot and half high, green, bearing a crowded tuft of several elliptic lanceolate leaves, which are stalked, about a foot in length, remarkably unequal-sided at the base, acute at the apex, and running out into a slender tendril-like point.  The leaves are green, with a narrow purple border. It will make good plant for table decoration, on account of its exotic aspect and moderate size and stature – 1 guinea." (Kew London from the William Bull’s Cat. Hort. Bull 1871.)

Chances are that Musa assamica has been a natural hybrid between Musa mannii (named after Gustav Mann) and Musa velutina, although natural mutation is a possibility, too. Musa mannii is now extinct in the wild. In Markku's home, Musa mannii has survived and shares a room with Musa velutina, where both species may have hybridized.

flower bract of the Assam dwarf banana

mature fruits of the smallest banana

The total size of Musa x assamica is less than 1 meter. A banana for window space and small rooms, and for people who wish they would rather live in the tropics...

Assamica is under registration.

All pictures © Markku Hakkinen

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The TianZi Team.

see our whole sale offer for mature plants of Musella lasiocarpa:

the Golden Lotus Banana:


now in Europe and USA:

Flowering plants of
Golden Lotus

A new horticultural product now available wholesale in Europe and the US:


Contact our partners for direct delivery of flowering Golden Lotus to your home in:

Hagenbach (Karlsruhe)

Worldwide Orchids
P.O.Box 2188, Apopka, FL 32704
Tel: (407) 884-8600

UK, England
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Pondwood Farm, White Waltham, Berkshire, SL6 3SS
United Kingdom
Tel: 01189345299

Our section of Musaceae is scientifically edited by:

Markku Hakkinen

Please write to him at markku.hakkinen@kymp.net
for scientific questions.
We are grateful for his friendly help and his description of the new banana species.

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