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Old 06-20-2008, 07:44 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Default Re: flowering Musa itinerans var. xishuangbannaensis/itinerans update

Originally Posted by Velutina View Post
What does that tall trunk belong to in the first two pics?

It is a trunk of Schizolobium parahyba, Fern Tree. It is a legume tree native to tropical rainforests in Central and South America. For the first few years the tree is very fast growing and unbranched. It has hufe pinnate leaves and looks like a giant tree fern. Once it reaches 30-40ft it begins to branch.

The tree in the photo is a different specimen in the Garden than the one in the banana photo. It is about 3 1/2 years old from seed. It branched last year and is forming a canopy.

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