Musa 'Hanoi Torch'

Family Name: Musaceae
Semi-Shade Lots of Water Moderate Water Occasional Misting Ornamental Flowers


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Infraspecific Epithet

Classifications and Characteristics

Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Purportedly from Vietnam - this is sold under the trade name of 'Hanoi Torch'
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Slender clump forming banana to 2.5m tall
Foliage Leaves mid - dark green, to 60cm long
Flowers Inflorescence to 50cm in length. Bracts fully reflexed at flowering, bright orange red, tips bright yellow. Flowers to about 3cm long, yellow.
Etymology The trade name 'Hanoi Torch' refers to (1) area from which plant was first introduced into cultivation and (2) the form/shape and color of the inflorescence.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Container Planting

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Lots of Water, Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
Pest(s) Chewing Insects, Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Sucker, Division


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth

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Master ID 31295
Species ID 5692
Species record last updated on: 17 May 2019.