Taxon: Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman

Genus: Ensete
Family: Musaceae
Nomen number: 15184
Place of publication: Kew Bull. 1947:101. 1948
Name Verified on: 23-Sep-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 17-Jul-2007
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 15 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • Abyssinian-banana  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • ensete  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • bananier d'Abyssinie  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • ensête  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • Ensete  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German
  • bananeira-de-Abissínia  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Portuguese
  • bananeira-da-abissínia  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • bananeira-de-jardim  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • banana grueso  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • etiopisk banan  (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn) - Swedish

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: starch (from corms, fide F TE Afr)
  • Materials: beads (fide Bot Beads World; as,)
  • Materials: fiber (fide Mansf Ency)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia
    • South Tropical Africa: Angola; Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    • Southern Africa: South Africa - Transvaal
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Rwanda

  • Cultivated:

  • Africa

    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia


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  • Väre, H. & M. Häkkinen 2011. Typification and check-list of Ensete Horan. names (Musaceae) with nomenclatural notes (Adansonia) 33:191-200.


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