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Rhino Horn bananas, also called Rhino Horn plantains or African Rhino Horn, are hybrid banana cultivars from Africa. It produces strongly curved and elongated edible bananas which can grow to a length of two feet, making them have the longest fruits among banana cultivars.

Taxonomy

The Rhino Horn banana is a triploid (AAB Group, commonly known as Horn plantains) hybrid of the seeded banana Musa balbisiana and Musa acuminata.[1]

Its official designation is Musa acuminata × balbisiana (AAB Group) ‘African Rhino Horn’.

Description

Rhino Horn bananas can grow to a height of 12 to 20 feet.[2][3] The pseudostem and leaves are dappled red.

Rhino Horn bananas have the longest fruits among banana cultivars, reaching up to 2 feet in length,[3] though they normally only reach lengths of 12 to 14 inches. They produce two to four hands per bunch.[4]

Uses

Fruits of the Rhino Horn bananas can be eaten raw or cooked. They are also cultivated as ornamental plants for their attractive coloration.[3]

Pests and diseases

Common pests

  • Borers
  • Grasshoppers
  • Root Nematodes

Common diseases

  • Panama disease
  • Black Sigatoka
Written on June 6th, 2012 , Fruits Tags:

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