Musa campestris var. campestris
A smallish Musa from Sarawak on the island of Borneo that forms clusters of green to whitish, dark blotched pseudostems to 1 or 2 m (3 to 7 ft.) tall. The upright inflorescence displays beautiful pink-purple bracts followed by amazing, small, slender, pale green fruit with purple blotches. Musa campestris is a highly variable species that for eternity was segregated into geographically isolated populations, in clearings of lowland swamp forest. Today, with the advent of rampant forest destruction in Borneo, Musa is opportunistically increasing its ranges. The many forms that were isolated before have in some cases encountered each other, and rapid hybridization is resulting in homogenized populations. It is related by international banana expert Markku Häkkinen that in the not so distant future, these incredible forms will be lost unless protected in cultivation. This species obviously has enormous potential as an ornamental and a cut flower. The Iban people of Borneo also use it as a vegetable. Cooked, the male bud and heart of this plant are a delicious, slightly bitter vegetable.