Synonym : M. sepientum L.
Bangla Name : Kola, Aittakola, Bichikola.
English Name : Seeded banana, Plantain.
Family : Musaceae
Disease : Scabies, eye diseases, antiscorbutic, colic, enorrhagia, diabetes, strangury, urinary discharges, hysteria, epilepsy, dysentery, diarrhea, dyspepsia
Description : A tree-like herb, stem 2.5-3.75 m high. Leaves 1.2-1.5 m long, oblong. Inflorescence long, bracts ovate, more or less pruinose, falling before the fruit matures. Fruit oblong, trigonous, 12-15 cm long, tapering to the base and apex, full of seeds, yellowish when ripe.
Distribution : Cultivated throughout Bangladesh.
Chemical Constituents : Banana contains two physiologically important compounds, serotonin and nor-epinephrine, in addition to dopamine and a catecholamine, which are responsible for the therapeutic uses of banana in coeliac disease, constipation and peptic ulcer. Banana ovaries
Uses : The leaves are good for scabies and inflammations. Young leaves are used as a cool dressing for blisters and burns. They are also used as a green shade in opthalmia and other eye diseases. The ash produced by burning the dry leaves and stem is antiscorbut
Habit : Herb