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Musella lasiocarpa

Golden lotus banana

About the plant

The flower of Musella lasiocarpa, native to the Yunnan province of China, resembles a lotus before opening, hence its common name.

  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Environmental use
    Plant is used in land management practices
  • Human food
    Plant supplies food for humans
  • Material
    Plant provides materials for manufacturing either fibre or timber
  • Medicine
    Plant or components of this plant are used in medicine
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Facts

  • Yellow flower can last several months
  • Several medicinal uses
  • Leaves used for weaving
  • Planted on slopes to control erosion

Useful, just not for eating

Strangely it’s a close relative of banana, but not edible in the same way.

The underground stem (rhizome) is eaten as a vegetable, its flower is used for honey and it is sometimes fermented for wine making.

Its leaves are used as pig fodder and weaving material, and it has several medicinal uses.

This plant is sacred in Buddhism
  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Environmental use
    Plant is used in land management practices
  • Human food
    Plant supplies food for humans
  • Material
    Plant provides materials for manufacturing either fibre or timber
  • Medicine
    Plant or components of this plant are used in medicine
  • Click on icon to reveal more