Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide


Musa acuminata
(wild banana)



Musa acuminata (wild banana)


  • Last modified
  • 21 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Musa acuminata
  • Preferred Common Name
  • wild banana
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Monocotyledonae
  • Uses List
  • Beverage base
  • Fruits
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Musa acuminata and M. balbisiana.
TitleM. acuminata and M. balbisiana - colour illustration
CaptionMusa acuminata and M. balbisiana.
Copyright©Wilhelm Valder
Musa acuminata and M. balbisiana.
M. acuminata and M. balbisiana - colour illustrationMusa acuminata and M. balbisiana.©Wilhelm Valder


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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Musa acuminata

Preferred Common Name

  • wild banana

Other Scientific Names

  • Musa cavendishii
  • Musa malaccensis
  • Musa nana

International Common Names

  • English: dwarf banana tree
  • French: bananier nain

Local Common Names

  • Germany: Zwerg-Bananenstaude

EPPO code

  • MUBAC (Musa acuminata)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Monocotyledonae
  •                     Order: Zingiberales
  •                         Family: Musaceae
  •                             Genus: Musa
  •                                 Species: Musa acuminata

List of Pests

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Major host of:

Achatina fulica (giant African land snail); Bactrocera aquilonis; Bactrocera dorsalis (Oriental fruit fly); Bactrocera musae (banana fruit fly); Banana bract mosaic virus (banana bract mosaic disease); Banana bunchy top virus (bunchy top of banana); blood disease bacterium (blood disease bacterium of banana); Dysmicoccus neobrevipes (grey pineapple mealybug); Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense tropical race 4 (TR4); Haplobasidion musae (Malayan leaf spot); Helicotylenchus dihystera (common spiral nematode); Mycosphaerella musicola (Sigatoka disease of banana); Raoiella indica (red palm mite); Xanthomonas arboricola pv. celebensis (leaf stripes)

Minor host of:

Alternaria alternata (alternaria leaf spot); Aphis gossypii (cotton aphid); Candidatus Phytoplasma asteris (yellow disease phytoplasmas); Colletotrichum musae (tip rot of banana); Drechslera gigantea (eyespot); Fusarium oxysporum (basal rot); Fusarium proliferatum; Fusarium pseudocircinatum; Gibberella circinata (pitch canker); Gibberella pulicaris (basal canker of hop); Musicillium theobromae (cigar end rot); Phytophthora cryptogea (tomato foot rot); Phytophthora inundata; Rotylenchulus reniformis (reniform nematode); Thanatephorus cucumeris (many names, depending on host)

Wild host of:

Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense (Panama disease of banana); Paratrichodorus porosus

Host of (source - data mining):

Aleurodicus dispersus (whitefly); Bemisia tabaci (tobacco whitefly); Ceratitis rosa (Natal fruit fly); Chrysodeixis chalcites (golden twin-spot moth); Dysmicoccus brevipes (pineapple mealybug); Fusarium pallidoroseum (fungal gummosis (of Leucaena)); Guignardia musae (freckle disease of banana); Meloidogyne arenaria (peanut root-knot nematode); Meloidogyne enterolobii (Pacara earpod tree root-knot nematode); Meloidogyne incognita (root-knot nematode); Meloidogyne paranaensis (Parana coffee root-knot nematode); Metamasius hemipterus (West Indian cane weevil)

Uses List

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Genetic importance

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Human food and beverage

  • Beverage base
  • Fruits