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Old 05-04-2009, 04:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ele Ele Identification

I received a small, sickly 2" banana pup a few months ago. I was told that it's an Ele Ele. It is now 11" tall, the stem is flat and not round, and it has already started to pup. There is no dark coloration on the plant.

It is hard to see the details in the attached photo but it is one of the most unusual banana plants I have dealt with. If it is actually an Ele Ele will it possibly acquire its unique color with age?

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Old 05-04-2009, 05:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I received a small, sickly 2" banana pup a few months ago. I was told that it's an Ele Ele. It is now 11" tall, the stem is flat and not round, and it has already started to pup. There is no dark coloration on the plant.

It is hard to see the details in the attached photo but it is one of the most unusual banana plants I have dealt with. If it is actually an Ele Ele will it possibly acquire its unique color with age?

Thanks, Rick
Got any other pics?
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Got any other pics?
Lagniappe,

Here are two more pictures. The stalk itself is 5" tall, and the entire plant is 11" tall. The flatness of the stalk is difficult to show in photos. I'm also surprised that it's pupping at such an early age.
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Got any other pics? That looks like a canna to me , but I can't see it very well.
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I would agree it looks like a Canna, not a banana.
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would agree it looks like a Canna, not a banana.
I would have to agree with you that it is a canna. I went out in my yard and looked at a canna and it had the same flat stalk, and the leaves looked similar. Thank you all for helping solve my mystery.

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oops nevermind a BOP wouldnt have pupped that soon :P
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
 
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canna 99 percent sure wish it was a banana tho
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Canna. It could have pretty flowers though. There is always a bright side!
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lol well that sucks its a canna for sure
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