A most exciting new introduction, this unique species of Ensete from Madagascar, described in 1905 by French botanist Claverie, not only is the Islands only native banana, but also has remained in obscurity and listed as poorly known ever since its discovery. This is its very first introduction into cultivation. In overall appearance not unlike the Asian E. glaucum, it has a robust, beautifully bluish-waxy pseudostem that is distinctly swollen at the base. The straight, ascending leaves with yellowish midribs are held on very short stalks and form a shuttlecock-like crown. The distinctly warty seeds look intermediate between the the regular, smooth black seeds of most Ensete and the warty, conical seeds of some Musa. Ensete perrieri will make a magnificent ornamental for tropical as well as many temperate regions. To look its best it should be afforded some protection from wind likw most bananas.