Ganesh Mani Pradhan & Son
Plant habit: Solitary, non suckering. Whole plant dies down after fruit are ripe and new populations originate from seeds. Stem short and covered with persistent leaf sheaths. Large "banana" leaves grow up to 8 ft long.
Flowering habit: when the stem reaches full maturity, a strong inflorescence develops from the apical portion of the stem. The fruits are about 4 inches long, filled with large black seeds. It has very little pulp.
Culture: Rich organic compost. Tub culture produces plants. Excellent for outdoor culture where weather permits. Grows well with liberal fertilising when established
Habitat distribution: Southwest India, along the Western Ghats
Ethnobotany: Ripe seeds ground and eaten for curing dysentery. Seeds an important ingredient of local alternative medicine in South India.