Cytological studies in Musa spp. L. are hampered by the small size and poor staining ability of the chromosomes. The aim of this experiment was to use silver nitrate as a staining agent for Musa chromosomes. The results of this study showed that silver nitrate is a useful alternative stain for cytological studies in Musa. The silver staining procedure was very effective for demonstrating the structure of prophase stages of meiosis.