our own varieties:
Musa rubinea var. "orange"
Musa rubinea var. "vino-tinto"
Musa x assamica
Ensete glaucum elephant
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
Musa sp.nov., the latest discovery with the
Musa sp., not yet identified species from limestone
Musella lasiocarpa GOLDEN LOTUS Banana: the most
outstanding of all bananas and a sacred species of Buddhism
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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