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Old 09-01-2020, 08:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Default Re: Is it a banana?

Originally Posted by Gabe15 View Post
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.
Were the ridges / ribs in the leaf-blade that were coming off the midrib any indicator, or are those also present in other nanners, and I just didn't notice them before?
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