African Plant Database

Ensete homblei (Bequaert ex De Wild.) Cheesman
Protologue : Kew Bull. 1947, 103 (1948)
Information on the genus : Ensete
Basionym : Musa homblei Bequaert ex De Wild.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Musa homblei Bequaert ex De Wild. (1912)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Monocarpic deciduous perennial herb
Ecology : Termite mound, on or around, and rocky slopes in Brachystegia woodland; 1000-1200 m alt.
  The smallest banana known and also the completely herbaceous one, able to withstand 5 or 6 months of drought, during which it is quite leafless. Thick hard rather leathery scale leaves protect the perennial rootstockfrom damage due to grass fires

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (2010). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 13: 108
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carte afrique num 972
Record n°972
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