Musa campestris var. lawasensis
Lawas Swamp Banana
This highly ornamental variety of Musa campestris predominates the swamps and open wetlands of the Lawas district of northeastern-most Sarawak on the island of Borneo and adjacent Brunei. It forms clusters of several shiny, light green, dark blotched pseudostems to 1 m (3 ft.) tall. The upright inflorescence displays beautiful pink-purple bracts followed by very pretty, small, almost white fruit. Plants are vigorous and sucker freely, producing a constant series of flowering stems. The Lawas Swamp Banana has great potential as an ornamental for the tropics and as a cut flower. The male bud, like in other campestris varieties, is used as a vegetable in Borneo.