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Old 09-05-2015, 05:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Uknown Musa from seed

Is it possible to get an Id on this banana? It was grown from seed (RarePalmSeeds.com). After one year the seeds hadn't germinated, so I recycled the soil (and seeds). Two years later, little bananas began popping up. I had ordered/planted several species. I recognized one of the others that germinated as Ensete glaucum, but this Musa I do not recognize.

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Old 09-06-2015, 02:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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It's a very nice looking banana!

Listing what you ordered might help to narrow it down. I know they sell lots of Borneo bananas so it could be one of those, they take a long time to germinate.
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It's a very nice looking banana!

Listing what you ordered might help to narrow it down. I know they sell lots of Borneo bananas so it could be one of those, they take a long time to germinate.
Something I should have done before posting. I went back through old receipts and found this from 3 years ago:
  • Ensete glaucum
  • Ensete livingstonianum (= Ensete gilletii)
  • Musa balbisiana var. balbisiana

I don't think it's Ensete, so that leaves only one choice: M. balbisiana. It does appear similar to a few images I found online. Of course, there's always the possibility the seeds were mislabeled.
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Definitely not an ensete, but a very nice plant. I'm tempted to get some seeds. I was going to say Balbisiana Atia Black, but I'm not sure that RPS sell that variety.
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Its not Enstete, most likely the Balbisiana. Photos I looked at online do have the black lines on the edges of the leaf sheaths around the pstem like the ones in your photo.
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Very nice looking plant
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Its not Enstete, most likely the Balbisiana. Photos I looked at online do have the black lines on the edges of the leaf sheaths around the pstem like the ones in your photo.
Yep - not Ensete. Now I have to go look at all the other seedlings that popped up to see if any might be E. livingstonianum.
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