African Banana in Orizaba

One of my favorite family of Plants is Musaceae (Banana Family), for the past few years I have been even working on a project on bananas, but I will get into that another time. During my decent from the high mountain of Peco de Orizaba I spotted a massive banana like plant. Filled with excitement I hopped out of the truck and climbed the hill side to get a closer look. This particular plant happened to be part of one of the two genera in the banana family, Ensete. The scientific name of this plant is called Ensete ventricosum, which is happens to be native to Africa! an economically important food crop in Ethiopia. Althought it wasn't a sought after banana in my book it was still amazing to be in the presence f such a large plant.