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Old 03-08-2007, 09:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Unknown Seeded Banana Presented for ID

Some more info from Rob (hey Rob...weigh in here!). The pseudostems are about 28" in diameter. Leaf + petiole length is about 10'. Pseudostem height about 20'. The fruit is about 6" long, and apple/pear flavored.

Hey Gabe, some characteristics of this plant do remind me of M. thomsonii, like the semi-pendulous infloresence, and the waxy bloom on the upper pseudostem. The fruits of this plant are much larger than M. thomsonii though, and the leaves look to be wider and rounded at the base, unlike M. thomsonii's narrower, lanceolate leaves.

You know, it does resemble what has been sold as M. itinerans here at Agri-Starts and (but looks like M. yunnanensis). The fruit bunch doesn't look quite right though.

I'm thinking it could be a hybrid. Gabe, can you direct Markku over here to have a look?
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