The ornamental or flowering banana (Musa ornata Roxburgh) is grown for its good looks. Since it is diploid (normal chromosome count), it will form viable black seeds within the berry. Ornamental banana flowers are sheltered under the pink bracts until ready for pollination.
When the pink bract curls back, it exposes a single row of yellowish orange pistillate (female) flowers, instead of two rows like commercial bananas. The modified petals sit atop the ovary which already has the shape of a tiny banana. Male flowers are also in single rows, but are situated further along the inflorescence and will not mature until later.
After the berries have ripened, the pseudostem dies and collapses. But new buds along the rhizome are already sending up new bundles of leaves