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maiʻa Polapola / maiʻa Pola.pola / Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

n., A species of banana (Musa troglodytarum 🌐, syn. M. fehi) recently introduced to Hawaiʻi, known in the South Pacific from Mangareva west to the Moluccas. It has a tall, black trunk and upright fruiting stalk bearing large fruits with reddish-orange skin, yellow flesh, edible when cooked, sometimes made into poi maiʻa. Literally, Borabora [i.e., Tahitian] banana.

  • References:
    • HP 177.
    • Neal 250.

Tags: flora food maiʻa

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