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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 08-08-2007, 08:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Musa ornata 'Orange Flower'

Anyone else growing this one yet? I've managed to germinate two seeds from rarepalmseeds.com so far. They are extremely small plants! The first one that popped up actually had two sprouts from the same seed. They are both working on their 5th or 6th leaf, but aren't even a half-inch tall yet. I'm worried I may have overpotted them, but I don't want to mess with them because they are still growing fine, albeit a little slow.

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The seeds are also very small, possibly the smallest Musa seeds I've seen so far. I though they could be Musa aurantiaca, but after reading Kyle's description of his M. aurantiaca from Trebrown, I am thinking maybe not. There can't be too many orange-flowered species (hybrids?) out there though, so I can't help but think it may be, at the very least, one of the parents.
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Old 08-09-2007, 03:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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what are the seeds like?
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Old 08-10-2007, 09:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Gabe, they are very small.
Sorry the picture is a bit blurry. Hard to take pics with not much light, and the flash was too much glare. One of these days, I'm going to read that camera manual...

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Default Re: Musa ornata 'Orange Flower'

Still not much to look at yet. This bananas was very small for many months, then started getting some height within the past 2 months. Believe it or not, it is over 6 months old! It was the smallest seedling I've ever seen. This was actually a double. The other sprout was highly variegated, and didn't make it (I hate to think of that). Yet another one rotted away because it was too small for the pot. Then I let this one dry out last week, but it's going to be fine (I hope). Can't wait to see that orange flower!

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never hearded about that ornata, but its a beautiful plant!
are you plant them outside in zone 7?
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Planning on it, yep. Although I'll probably save a pup first, since it is such a small species and should be good for container culture. Wish I hadn't let it dry out, lol. It looked much better about two weeks ago, with a few more nice, green leaves on it. Oh well, it will look great again in a few weeks hopefully.
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