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Family: MUSACEAE 

 Musella lasiocarpa
 

Photo by Maarten van Thiel.

  
Author:  Cheng Yih Wu ex Hsi Wen Li 1979
Family:  Musaceae
Habitat:  Yunnan, China, (Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar)
Soil:  Peat or Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  7 centimetres
Height:  60 centimetres or more
Flower:  Yellow
Reproduction:  Seeds/Rhizome
Pop names:  Chinese Yellow Banana, Chinese Dwarf Banana, Golden Lotus Banana
Synonyms:  Musa lasiocarpa Franchet, 1889. Ensete lasiocarpum, Cheesman 1947
Got it from:  Hoje Tastrup, Denmark
Year:  2005

This might be Musa acuminata, Colla 1820 

   This member of the Musaceae family was given this name by Cheng Yih Wu after Hsi Wen Li in 1979. It was found in Yunnan, China, where it is supposed to be extinct in the wild. It is grown as a crop in China, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar. It will do fine in well drained peat or mixed soil with some water and lots of sun. If it's given sun enough, it will only rise for 60 centimetres. With less light and lots of fertilizer, it can grow to two meters. The rhizomes can grow to seven centimetres in diameter, but will not tolerate exposure. The large flower is yellow, and can last for half a year.

This plant has a sub-terrain rhizome, and is a little out of my league.