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This plant came to me as my first attempt to obtain RajaPuri.
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Old 07-26-2008, 11:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Wow -- great pictures! The fruit looks absolutely huge.
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Thanks Nancy!
They are, its hard to catch it with the camera. In person they are pretty stunning!

What was interesting was it only produced one hand of fruits.
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I have a couple corms available here if anyone wants:
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This plant bloomed with 6.5' of pseudostem here in S. Florida.
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What was interesting was it only produced one hand of fruits.
I hope to update the thread with more pics when they plump up a bit more.
Nice Jared. This cultivar is pretty much the only true Horn Plantain in the states, there are many different varieties in Africa however. They are characterized by being a true plantain banana that produces only 1 hand of fruit and no male bud. Other varieties of plantain bananas can be False Horn, French Horn or French.
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And here's some closeups of the lack of male bud, pics taken just now. The other pics were a couple days old. Update of the fruits as well.









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Here's a video I took a few days ago as well, hope you enjoy!

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Your video is so cool! What state do you live in? Beautiful plant!
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Great video. Waiting for my banana to bloom.
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Wow congrats! All the pics and the video are quite lovely. It must feel good to find out what it finally is.
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That really cool Jarred! The fruits look very pale in color, and it's even more interesting that there is no male bud.
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Nice Jared. This cultivar is pretty much the only true Horn Plantain in the states, there are many different varieties in Africa however. They are characterized by being a true plantain banana that produces only 1 hand of fruit and no male bud. Other varieties of plantain bananas can be False Horn, French Horn or French.
Interesting...any idea why there is no male bud present in this cultivar? Also, what would make it only produce one hand of fruit? Does it have something to do with it's genetics?
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Interesting...any idea why there is no male bud present in this cultivar? Also, what would make it only produce one hand of fruit? Does it have something to do with it's genetics?
Thats just what Horn Plantains do...its 100% because of its genetics, because...thats what they do. Edible bananas don't need male flowers, so whenever they lost the male flowers along the line of evolution and selection, it was no consequence that they were absent, so they kept on going. Having one hand is also not a problem, and since Horn Plantains usually make big fruit, you still get a decent amount of food from one hand, so there was no reason to stop cultivating.
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