I think my 2-year-old DC is trying to push out a flag leaf. The last two leaves have been significantly smaller than the previous leaves. I thought the reduced size may have been attributed to my chopping the pseudostem in half to lower the banana from my ceiling; however, I have chopped pseudostems in half before, and the next leaves emerged normal size. The leaf emerging from the center of this banana seems different than any other cigar leaf that I have seen. If this plant flowers, it will be my first banana flower EVER. OMG!!! I hope this is the big one, Elizabeth!!!
My nanner now: The alleged flowering banana is the chopped one in the background center closer to the window. The taller banana in the foreground is actually its pup. The banana off to the right is its pup (although repotted) also.
This is the center leaf of the alleged flowering banana:
Compare the un-emerged potential flag leaf to the emerged cigar leaf of another banana below. The cigar leaf below has several layers of leaf tissue as evidenced by the few rings around the top of the leaf. The potential flag leaf lacks these rings.
This is the banana on October 11, 2012 just before I gave her an extreme hair cut.