- Flower nameMusa balbisiana
- Scientific nameMusa balbisiana
- Aliasリュウキュウバショウ, 琉球芭蕉, Musa liukiuensis, 糸芭蕉
- Place of originChina to Southeast Asia
- Place of floweringRice paddies
- Flowering seasonAugust, September, October, November
What is Musa balbisiana
Musa balbisiana or Ito-basho (scientific name: Musa balbisiana or Musa balbisiana var. liukiuensis) is an evergreen perennial herb of the family Musaceae from China to Southeast Asia. It is also called Ryukyu Basho. Although the fruit contains many seeds, it is not edible, but it is considered one of the ancestors of bananas. The appearance of flowers and fruits is very similar to bananas. There is a pink-red purple bud like a lotus flower in the center, and a yellow cylindrical flower blooms.
In traditional crafts such as Okinawa and Amami Oshima, textiles are taken from the sheath and weaved, and clothes, mosquito nets, and small fabric items are produced.
For dyeing, for the dark brown dye, (scientific name: Rhaphiolepis indica var. Umbellata) , and Ryukyu indigo (scientific name: Strobilanthes cusia) is used as the indigo dye. The leaves are planted for medicinal purposes and the grass is planted for tide prevention.
Common name: Cypridina, Scientific name: Musa balbisiana, or Musa balbisiana var. Liukiuensis, Synonym: Musa liukiuensis, Alias: Ryukyu-basho Species of the genus Salmonaceae, life type: evergreen perennial herb, plant height: 200-300 cm, leaf length: 100-150 cm, leaf width: 50 cm, leaf shape: oblong, leaf color: green, flower color : Pink to red, fruit color: turquoise.