This is not a palm. But this young, stout, exotic version with large dark green leaves catches your immediate attention but look somewhat foreign.
It is a new tropical introduction, native to Indo-China Thailand. This rare species is related to the musa laterita except that it has an upright inflorescence which is golden yellow in colour! A very unsual colour indeed for the banana and sounds delicious already!
|so near, yet so far|
|fruiting clump with pups|
|golden flower + fruits|
|ripen 2 weeks later|
Found another young specimen about 4ft tall that has yet to flower.
Apparently, this species can tolerate a bit of cold and does well in partial sun and fertile soil. As a runner, adequate space should be allocated for its expanding population (pups).
p.s. just only noticed the 'face' upon uploading pics for this post. will leave it to one's imagination...