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Old 12-28-2012, 05:35 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Default Re: What 'cha think these are?

Originally Posted by Simply Bananas View Post
Its possible these are from agristarts.
The two saba-types that Agristarts sells are Musa Saba and Musa Cardaba. Their description of Musa Cardaba as an 8-12' saba-type cultivar fits the bill of a 'dwarf Saba' like Nicolas described.

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Old 12-29-2012, 01:33 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Default Re: What 'cha think these are?

Originally Posted by Gabe15 View Post
See if this description matches at all. It is known for switching between having no male-axis at all, and other times having one like in your photo or even a multiple branched rachis. I have seen plants of both forms but can't seem to find my photos right now.

No male bud present; compound tepal of female flowers purplish; lamina base similar to M. Balbisiana.
Tetraploid, 5.3 meters, sturdy, horizontal leaves, medium green plant, very little black blotching, no red on suckers, petiole margins yellow, green candle, no blotching on water- suckers, undersheath yellowish-green with faint pink flush; petiole medium, canal closed, margins not papery, petiole base not enclosing large area of stem; heavily waxy, free suckering; penduncle long, thick, smooth; bunch semi-pendulous, open-handed, 4 hands, 10 fingers each; fruits large, waxy, medium length but very thick, angular, very poorly curved, almost horizontal; pedicel long, thick; nipple, blunt tipped, stylar spur persist; usually bud aborts after producing last female hand, when present rachis pendulous, with many neuter hands, bract scars not prominent; male bud large, elongate, high shoulder, acuminate tip, imbricate, not corrugated, strongly waxy; bracts not recurving dull reddish purple, inner surface bright crimson; male flowers flushed pink; ovules in 4 irregular rows.
(psssst, Dude, I think you just blew him away with all that )
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:47 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Default Re: What 'cha think these are?

Originally Posted by Yug View Post
(psssst, Dude, I think you just blew him away with all that )
Well, you thought wrong.

Unlike most on here, I do have a biology degree so I am familiar with plant taxonomy keys and botanical descriptions.

I did not respond because, as I mentioned before, those are not my bananas. Someone just sent me the photos. They looked unusual for the bananas that we commonly see here, so I posted them.

In the event that I do see these plants in person, then I will try to use Gabe's info for an accurate ID.
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