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Old 08-30-2020, 01:07 AM   #7 (permalink)

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Default Re: Is it a banana?

Originally Posted by smeash View Post
Just curious Gabe. what gave it away as a basjoo? I know its hard to ID plants prior to fruiting, let alone a small one like this. Your knowledge is impressive! Thanks for all you contribute to the forum and new folks like myself!
ID'ing plants is 50% context and 50% actually looking at it. This plant was a random unknown banana sold at a Lowe's store (presumably in the US), that alone narrows it down to about 5 or less likely candidates, of which M. basjoo is one. And then actually looking at the plant, it's pretty much all green (no standout red or black markings or otherwise), and you can see prominent winged petioles that curl out along the pseudostem. That pretty much rules out any of the other common suspects you may also find at a store like Lowes. Those physical traits could potentially match some other cultivars and wild species, but none of them would be sold at a hardware store as a random unknown plant in the US.
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