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Old 08-20-2006, 06:04 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Default Re: Unknown Ft. Meyer bananas?

There was a nurseryman in Fort Myers in the early part of the last century who imported a lot of stuff from Madagascar; much of the vegetation in the city is said to be typical of that island. This may be the origin of the Fort Myers Ladyfinger bananas and explain why nobody can identify them. I bought what looked and tasted like the same bananas at a market in Paris, the only other place I have seen them. They arenít quite the same as the small bananas you sometimes see in the stores here in America.

I have a theory about the cold air that sometimes flows into Florida during the winter. The Yankees pull it in behind them in the wake created by thousands of cars that are driven south during their annual winter migration. I remember several occasions when my father and I moved ultra-tropical plants into the garage and threw sheets over others that couldnít be moved. On a serious note, the cold air is warmed several degrees as it passes over a lake or river and this is often enough to prevent damage to tropical plants south of these bodies of water. This explains the lack of Royal Palms north of the Caloosahatchee River.

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