Ensete sp. (Kluay Pa/Thailand)
Kluay Pa Banana
A very exciting and apparently undescribed Ensete species from the Chiangmai area in the northwest of Thailand, where it grows on steep limestone cliffs with seasonally dry forest vegetation. It is a very compact plant, with short, broad, glaucous leafbases that form a thick, roundish trunk. The very short leafstalks hold compact, leathery leaves that are glaucous below and pale green above. The leaf midribs are reddish below and yellowish above. The striking inflorescence has large maroon bracts and eventually carries a bunch of squat fruits with small, shinly, black, Musella-like seeds. The Kluay Pa Banana wil adapt well to both warm temperate and tropical climates. It needs a spot in full sun, abundant water and good drainage.