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Species Bananas Discussions of all the different wild species of banana (non edible), an aspect of the hobby that deserves its own section.

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Old 12-26-2008, 10:44 AM   #41 (permalink)
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Lorax, thanks for the input. One more situation I would like to add is that I visited a wild orchid collector friend who lives at 6,000 asl and he has a clump of Musa gracilis which he collected from about 1,000 ft asl and kept for about 6 yrs. Know what? Their p-stem were also black! SO, this in a way adds weight to my theory about 'naners turning melanistic to conserve heat. Hope some super expert can verify this.
The M/a ssp truncata pups which I took down to my home which is almost sea level hasn't gone back black on their p-stem.
By the way, pups on your E-v? Did it pup naturally or was it the threat of the cold made it pup? Can you post pix of the mother plant in black p-stem and with pups? This I gotta see.

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Old 12-26-2008, 11:00 AM   #42 (permalink)
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It was threat of cold, I think... We had a stretch of nights where it went down to about 5 C, and when it warmed up again, pups started. I'll see if I still have photos of the black-stemmed mother and pups; I lost a lot in a computer crash right after that time, and I can't remember if I had archived them or not...

HOWEVER. If I did lose my pics of the black ventricosum, I can go to the Quito Botanical Gardens and take pics of theirs. Mine was a seedling of one of their gate plants.
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