Assam; Bangladesh; Bismarck Archipelago; China South-Central; East Himalaya;
Jawa; Laos; Lesser Sunda Is.; Myanmar; Nepal; New Guinea; Philippines; Sumatera;
Taiwan; Thailand; Vietnam
as per Catalogue of Life;

Ensete glaucum, the Snow Banana, is a larger version of the Abyssinian Banana but not so well known, sometimes called Musa nepalensis or Ensete giganteum, or Ensete wilsonii.

It is native to China, Nepal, India, Burma, and Thailand up to 2600-8800ft.
It has a thick, waxy and blue, solitary trunk with huge bluish leaves up to 10ft/3m long.
An extremely fast growing banana given heat, but not as hardy as Ensete ventricosum. Easy to raise from seed and very different with its swollen bulbous base and large leaves
(from Wikipedia on 19.6.14)

Musa sp. from Assam : 3 posts by 3 authors. 7 images.

Attached images may sp. of Musa. Please ID the plant.
Date :04.06.2014
Location: Assam
Family : Musaceae
Genus & species : Musa sp.
Habitat: Grown in garden 
Habit : Herb

It is Ensete glaucum.

Ensete glaucum (Roxb.) Cheesman

This Musaceae member was shot from near Guwahati, Assam (planted in home garden, not recorded in wild)..
As per earlier discussions on eFI, I am informed by … that this is Ensete glaucum..  

I am not sure if required diagnostic features are captured by me.. please confirm the identification..

Ensete glaucum.

It is a native of Nagaland adjacent states.


ID .plant from Mumbai Airport : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2). The snap is from Bombay airport. Please identify it.

Ensete ventricosum

Can id be confirmed as Ensete ventricosum with these images ?

Ensete galucum


Ensete glaucum in FOI : 5 posts by 2 authors.
Ensete glaucum in FOI appears to be Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman as per images herein.

May I request … to pl. confirm correctness of species at Ensete glaucum in FOI or otherwise. 

The following images may be of some help:
Unfortunately, I am not able to give much useful opinion regarding Ensete ventricosum.

Are the images at the following link correct? 


Ensete glaucum (Roxb.) Cheesman : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Location:  Kalimpong, WB, India
Date: 9 May 2018
Altitude: 4100 ft.
Habit : Cultivated

do these ever develop eatable fruit?

I have to check with the gardner …! 



Ensete superbum (Roxb.) Cheesman : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4) – 1 mb or more.

Location: Nagarkot,  Kathmandu
Date: 03 August  2019
Elevation: 1800 m.
Habit : Cultivated

thanks. right now they … the rock bananas don’t look edible. does anybody eat tem?

I am not sure about the food usage but definitely used for medicinal purpose.

like what ? for which ailment. any paper on ethnomedicine of this species or folks who use them? or your own story that you learned or have?

Ensete glaucum