Did You Know That….. ?

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a)  Banana palms are not trees. There is no wood in a banana palm.

b)  The stem is made up of gigantic leaves so the banana palm is classified as an herb.

c)  Three years ago, I read that the banana palm are classified as a grass, but I am unable to validate that information.

d)  Banana palms only produce fruit once. The palms die away and new shoots spring up. Those shoots can be replanted in other places.

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e)  Banana palms grow quickly in the tropics. The first photo below was taken on the day the shoot was replanted. The second photo was of a shoot that had been replanted three days prior, and the third photo was of a shoot five days after replanting.

f)  Banana circles are a permaculture technique that is most often used in tropical and subtropical regions. They help create humus and water retention where soils are either sandy or heavy clay. This photo shows a banana palm circle with a compost pile in the middle.

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g)  Banana palms produce very unusual flower buds. One day, I saw a squirrel like this trying to get into one of the buds but I couldn’t take a photo quick enough to catch it in action. I haven’t seen an open flower yet this year but here is a photo I found on Wikimedia.

h)  The banana palm leaf has an intricate series of veins running through it.

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i)  The path to Amritapuri’s Saraswati Garden is lined with banana palms. I can imagine what that path will look like next year!

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j)  I think banana palms are so beautiful.

For more information or to see beautiful photos go to: A Banana Plant Is an Herb (Or, Little Known Banana Facts)

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9 thoughts on “Did You Know That….. ?

  1. Wow! They really do grow fast!! I love when your photos show the progression of growth and changes…you do that quite often and I know that takes more attention to keep these in mind. Love all the photos but especially the squirrel 🙂

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