Colla partly based his description on a drawing in Rumphius' Herbarium Amboinense, a catalogue of the plants of the island of Amboina (Ambon Island in modern-day Indonesia), published posthumously in 1741.
Host reaction to pests and diseases
Musa balbisiana accessions displayed resistance to Xanthomonas wilt in a greenhouse trial. In later screenhouse and field trials, Musa balbisiana plants were symptom-free 6 weeks after a single inoculation at dosages that caused disease on the Pisang Awak controls. Disease symptoms were observed six weeks after a second inoculation, but only at the highest dosages.