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Old 09-25-2008, 12:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Another cool looking Musa itinerans from India

Just happened across this picture of a Musa itinerans that is a beauty-
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Old 09-25-2008, 03:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Another cool looking Musa itinerans from India

I'd almost be willing to bet that is a misidentified Musa sikkimensis. It is a beauty though! Wish mine would keep the color on its leaves at that size. Oh well...
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That's what I thought at first glance, but they get the benifit of the doubt from me since it kinda looks like it's a running banana. Whatever it is it's looks kinda like the cold hardy version of the Siam 50/50 on the top surface of the leaf.
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Default Re: Another cool looking Musa itinerans from India

Nice colouration whatever it is, thanks for the pictures Kyle.
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Default Re: Another cool looking Musa itinerans from India

Omg, not another var of itinerans!!!


What makes itinerans itinerans anyway? When do you define a banana to be an itinerans? I have read the discriptions in the itinerans var. article, but it's the similarities that I've lost a bit...?
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Good question. I'm guessing that it's based on the running ability, and not the flowers since alot of the flowers are so different.
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Sikkimensis was my first thought when I saw it as well.
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But the running ability is not present in all forms of itinerans (e.g. not in var. tinerans) right?
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Default Re: Another cool looking Musa itinerans from India

That's half-correct. Var. itinerans is a runner, but there are varieties that are not (var. guangdongensis, var. chinensis, and var. lechangensis).

Hard to tell from that picture if it is indeed a runner. That coloration just looks a lot like M. sikkimensis. I suppose it's possible that there are more itinerans varieties around though. Dr. Hugo Volkaert told me that he could show me 20 different varieties in Thailand alone!
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