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Old 06-03-2007, 11:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Did anyone see "Adventure Bhutan" on TV last week? I noticed many bananas growing in the mountains of Bhutan. Does anyone know which species these Bhutan bananas could be? Northern Bhutan can get quite cold, so bananas that come from there should have relatively good cold hardiness.
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Old 06-04-2007, 12:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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That sounds very interesting! What network was it on?
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Old 06-04-2007, 12:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The Discovery Channel.

Apparently, this expedition was the first time any western explorers traveled to this remote part of Bhutan.
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Thanks - I hope they run it again!
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I have a copy of the Flora of Bhutan Musaceae section around here somewhere but can't find it right now, but from what I remember there was

M. sikkimensis
M. balbisiana
M. ochracea (rare)
M. griersonii (very rare and more or less unknown to modern science)
and maybe M. flaviflora
and maybe also a Rhodochlamys, like M. rosea maybe but I can't remember exactly
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[quote=Gabe15;13430]I have a copy of the Flora of Bhutan Musaceae section around here somewhere

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Do you have an ISBN number for that book? I wouldn't mind getting a copy

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The book is actually a large multi-part set of all of the flora of Bhutan by Robert Henry Noltie, I have photo copies of the like 3 pages of bananas. I would think it to be very expensive as on www.abebooks.com just one book is $70. But look around, maybe you'll find a good deal.
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I am trying Musa Flaviflora outside now, and the seeds are said to come from Buhtan.

The plants are now developing a red underside, and bright red edge around the top of the leaves. A very handsome plant. Looks almost like a less coarse himalayan type banana, but is said to be more closely related to acuminata, having some rohdochlamys traits.

Anyone know anything more about this one?
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M. flaviflora is an intermediate form between Eumusa and Rhodochlamys, and yes it is similar to M. acuminata. It has purple buds and pendent to subhorizontal infloresence.
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I have a copy of the Flora of Bhutan Musaceae section around here somewhere but can't find it right now, but from what I remember there was

M. sikkimensis
M. balbisiana
M. ochracea (rare)
M. griersonii (very rare and more or less unknown to modern science)
and maybe M. flaviflora
and maybe also a Rhodochlamys, like M. rosea maybe but I can't remember exactly
Thanks! Can't wait to see if those rare ones are cold hardy.....
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Gabe
sorry to be a pain. Do you know what Volume/Part of 'Flora of Bhutan' the Musa section is in? I have checked with the British Library and there are 3 volumes and 3 parts to each volume.

or

I know this isn't strictly right but could you scan/e mail the relevant pages?

I have a contact in Bhutan and would like to explore the possiblity of seeds. I take it your up for some M. Ochracea or M. Griersonii seeds

please let me know

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I still can't find my copies, so when I have access to them again this Thursday I will try to make some more copies of the Musa pages.
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