Musa coccinea Andrews

Red Torch Banana, Scarlet Banana, Red-flowering Thai Banana

Family: Musaceae

Genus: Musa

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 9 to

Size: 6 to 10' tall

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Typical banana foliage, green, on long slender stems. Bright red flower, starts orange-red with yellow tips and opens over several months. Pink, inedible fruit. Flowers year-round in warm zones.


Published in Bot. Repos. 1: 47 in 1799.

The honour of having introduced this supremely beautiful plant, pertains to, Thomas Evans Esq. of Stepney; a gentleman to whose zeal for the introduction of new plants our stoves are of late much beholden; he having received it, amongst many others, about the year 1792 from China, where, as well as in Cochin-China, Sumatra, Java, &c. it is very commonly found. (Bot. Repos.)


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