University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Fruits & Nuts

Banana (Musa spp.)

Bananas are long, finger-like, and slightly curved, with a smooth, yellow skin and soft, creamy-white pulp. There are no seeds in edible types. The fruit are arranged in clusters, called hands, of 6-25 or more bananas. Leaves are very large, blunt, wide and long, arranged in a spiral, and sometimes tattered along the edges. The flower bud is reddish-purple, large and pointed. Bananas mature fruit only in warm locations of Florida, but are grown as ornamentals throughout Florida.