Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman

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Ensete ventricosum

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Along road up to Mt Tsetsera

Ensete ventricosum

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Along road up to Mt Tsetsera

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Synonyms: Ensete edule Horan.
Musa ensete J.F. Gmel.
Common names: Wild banana (English)
Frequency: Local and occasional
Status: Native
Description:
Unmistakable, fleshy non-woody tree with fan-shaped crown of large leaves.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: ventricosum: ventricose, swelling or inflated on one side or unevenly
Habitat: Along streams in evergreen forest and forested ravines.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Cameroon and Ethiopia, south to Angola and Limpopo South Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,MS
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Saturday 26 November 2011
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 314. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 61. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 24.

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 117. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 128.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 21.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 233.

Lock, J.M. (1993). Musaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 3 - 5. (Includes a picture).

Lock, J.M. & Diniz, M.A. (2010). Musaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(4) Pages 105 - 107. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 93.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 56 - 57. (Includes a picture).

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 103 - 104.

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ensete ventricosum
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Ensete ventricosum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ensete ventricosum
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The Plant List (version 1.1): Ensete ventricosum
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Ensete ventricosum.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=116100, retrieved 8 July 2020

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