This large herb can reach a height of some seven meters. The individual flowers are white to yellowish-white in color and will grow upwards and away from the ground. The rather slender fruits are in fact berries (botanically speaking) and their size depends on the number and size of the seeds.
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The Musa acuminata likes the more humid conditions of the tropical forests, while the Musa balbisiana has evolved to be more comfortable with somewhat drier conditions.
 De Langhe et al: Did backcrossing contribute to the origin of hybrid edible bananas? in Annals of Botany - 2010
 Gowen (Editor): Bananas and Plantains - 1995