Banana (species: Musa sp.) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Musa sp.

©Anne Hoggett: Bananas behind One Tree Coconut Beach, Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Banana trees at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: The banana grove at Lizard Island is an important habitat for White-lipped Tree Frogs.
Kingdom Plantae
Division Tracheophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Zingiberales
Family Musaceae
Genus Musa
Species Musa sp.



Distinguishing features

This could be an Australian native species, Musa banksii (distribution Iron Range to Townsville; Beasley, 2018) but that needs to confirmed. There are no taxonomic records of any bananas at Lizard Island yet (ALA accessed 20 Jul 2020).


  • Size data has not been obtained.



Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Beasley, J. (2018). Plants of Cape York: the compact guide. Everbest Printing, China.