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Old 09-03-2008, 11:39 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Default Re: Mutant maurelli

Originally Posted by Chironex View Post
Thanks for sharing the pics. That is something that I had never seen before. It is very interesting. Has anyone ever heard of fused fruit? Not like Praying hands (Siamese banana twins???) Just curious.
Yes, I've seen many of them, and they are not unusual. Two fingers in the same hand will be fused similar to the joint between fingers of the Praying Hands. Coincidentally, we call them "Kambal", which means twins. Like the PH, only the skin is fused, not the pulp. Not unusual with Latundan (I believe this is Manzano. I don't know if Manzano has thin skin, but this one does.) and Saba. I don't remember seeing twins with Lacatan or Bungulan.

I believe that this is just caused by pressure and injury at a very young stage of the fruits' development that exposed the layer under the "epidermis" of the each fruit, and they formed a graft to prevent further bleeding.
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