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Banana (Plantain) (Plant)

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  • Common Name: Banana (Plantain) (Plant)
  • Latin Name: Musa acuminata; Musa balbisiana
  • Family Name: Musaceae
The exotic looking Banana plant has flowers ranging in colour from pink, to red-orange to deep purple, often with two colours on one flower.  The leaves of the tree are high in saponins but they are also high in fibre, so if leaves or flowers are offered as a small treat your tortoise won't come to any harm.

Do not confuse with the weed called Plantain, which is a weed and a completely different plant.

Do not feed the fruit unless your tortoise is a fruit-eating species.  See also Banana (Plantain).

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