Editorial for Qompendium Work Shop
Creative Direction Kimberly Lloyd
Production Lloyd And associates
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701 Bon Parfumeur, Celine Woman
Christian Metzner Brandenburg
Kew Gardens, London
Named by Carl Linnaeus in 1753, Musa is one of two or three genera in the family Musaceae includings bananas and plantains. Around seventy species of Musa are known, with a broad variety of uses.
Although these plants grow as high as trees, banana and plantain plants are not woody and their apparent “stem” is made up of the bases of the huge leaf stalks. Thus, they are technically gigantic herbs. Musa species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species, including the giant leopard moth and other Hypercompe species, including Hypercompe albescens, Hypercompe eridanus, and Hypercompe icasia.
Banana experts in the Philippines believe that all edible bananas came from two wild species. Wild Musa balbisiana also known as “butuhan” or seeded banana and wild Musa acuminata known as monkey banana or “saging maching”. These wild species can still be found growing in different parts of the country. Some of them have good tastes but unacceptable to the public because of the presence of seeds in the pulp of the fruit.
However, these wild species could play an important role in the future as sources of resistance gene as well as tolerance to a biotic stress (due to climate change) in breeding programs to develop better varieties of bananas.