Variegated banana plant, Musa × paradisiaca 'Ae Ae' is a very fast and prolific grower when given right conditions. Its variegated leaves are large and very ornamental. Variegation appears as white and light green sectors on the leaf blade. The stem is a pseudostem, formed by tightly packed leaf sheathes. The fruits are also variegated.
On ancient Hawaii it was prohibited to grow and consume for anyone except the royal family.
The genus Musa was first named by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is a Latinization of the Arabic name for the fruit, mauz (موز). Mauz meaning Musa is discussed in the 11th-century Arabic encyclopedia The Canon of Medicine, which was translated to Latin in medieval times and well known in Europe. Muz is also the Turkish, Persian, and Somali name for the fruit. Some sources assert that Musa is named for Antonius Musa, physician to the Emperor Augustus.
Musa × paradisiaca 'Ae Ae'
Name: Musa × paradisiaca 'Ae Ae'
Common name: Royal Variegated Banana, Variegated Hawaiian Banana, Sacred Banana, Ae Ae
Type: herbaceous evergreen
Native Range: Hawaii
Habitat: grows at low elevations, does best in sheltered locations
Height: up to 5 mm
Spread: up to 3m
Sun: Part shade
Tolerate: Semi Shade
Taxon identifiers: none found
Synonyms: no synonyms recorded