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Old 04-11-2015, 05:42 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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It's not Dwarf Namwah. It's tall Namwah ("fake Ice Cream"). The height, plant shape (not broad enough at the top of the p-stem), and the clean rachis distinguish it from Dwarf Namwah.
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It's not Dwarf Namwah. It's tall Namwah ("fake Ice Cream"). The height, plant shape (not broad enough at the top of the p-stem), and the clean rachis distinguish it from Dwarf Namwah.
This may be a dumb question but, is it possible they mutated? They didn't start growing to this size until shortly after I planted the tall Namwah on the other side of the yard.
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This may be a dumb question but, is it possible they mutated? They didn't start growing to this size until shortly after I planted the tall Namwah on the other side of the yard.
It's not a dumb question. Many of varieties of bananas are somatic mutants. As I understand it, all the varieties within a subgroup (e.g., all Cavendish varieties) are somatic mutants of an original variety. As a specific example, Williams was a somatic mutant that showed up in a field of Dwarf Cavendish.

That said, height is not a definitive trait of dwarfism. Tall varieties can fruit at short heights under certain conditions (e.g., poor conditions or first fruiting on a mat). And, some non-dwarf varieties are short, e.g., Rose and some other AA genome cultivars.

Here are a couple of photos of real Dwarf Namwah plants. Note how stout the p-stem is and how there is very little space between the leaves.


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Wow, thank you for posting these pics. I also wondered if I had dwarf namwah or not, but now I definitely can tell I have the tall variety. Mine have a lot more spacing between the leaves and not as stout of a trunk.
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Finally harvested today. Here are the results...

Height: 36in
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Would love for opinions.... Is this a regular (tall) Namwah? ....or Dw. Nam as I have understood? (started w/ 2 pups last summer).

For what it's worth, my son, in the pic is not even a 1/2" shy of 4 ft. tall and the fitted concrete border blocks/bricks are 12" long.




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