Characters.—Leaves with veins curved, and proceeding from the midrib to the margin (curved-veined). Perianth 6-parted, adherent, petaloid, irregular; Stamens normally 6, by abortion usually 5; Anthers 2-celled. Ovary inferior, 3-celled. Fruit 3-celled. Seed albuminous.
Properties.—An important order of endogens, whose fruits (bananas and plantains) form a valuable article of food in some tropical regions.
The Elements of Materia Medica and Therapeutics, Vol. II, 3th American ed., was written by Jonathan Pereira in 1853.