The island of Borneo, epicenter of Musa diversity, continues to surprise science with new species. This banana was described as recently as 2004 and is named after renowned horticulturist Boon Hoe Voon. Musa voonii is a medium-sized plant with a slender densely clustering, reddish-purple pseudostem to about 3 m (10 ft.) tall. The inflorescence is held horizontally and produces shiny, deep reddish-purple bracts that are followed by small, pale fruits to 11 cm (4.5 in.) long. Although seeded, the fruits are quite flavorful. Musa voonii is closely related to M. beccarii. The latter can be distinguished, among other characteristics, by its smaller, upright inflorescences with much fewer fruits. As a lowland species, it thrives in hot, humid environments. It would make a great ornamental but has never been commercially available until now.