What Is the Scientific Classification for Banana Plants?

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Bananas are herbaceous plants native to tropical Southeast Asia. Banana plants produce the seedless banana fruit, valued worldwide for its sweet taste, sticky texture and high vitamin content. Despite their tree-like appearance, banana plants are scientifically classified as herbs.

Kingdom

  • Banana plants belong to the kingdom Plantae, or plant kingdom. Trees, green algae, herbs and grasses also fit into this category. Most organisms in the plant kingdom acquire their nutrients through photosynthesis.

Secondary Kingdom

  • Banana plants also fit into the slightly more specific kingdom of flowering plants, or Angiosperms. Banana plants have edible flowers that are served in some Southeast Asian dishes.

Order

  • Banana Plants belong to the order of Zingiberales, or flowering plants. Ginger and arrowroot also belong to this order.

Family

  • Banana plants belong to the Musaceae family. Plants in the Musaceae family are native to tropical regions in Asia and Africa and have a tree like appearance.

Genus

  • The genus of the banana plant is Musa, one of three genera in the Musaceae family. Plantains, a plant similar to the banana that is frequently used for cooking, is also in this genus.

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