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Japanese banana

Musa basjoo, known variously as Japanese banana. Thanks to fellow Artist, Arthur Stephens holding a background and moving a leaf for light we got some great shots of day 20 of the bloom. The banana’s just keep coming.

 

 

 

photo : Arthur Stephens

photo : Arthur Stephens

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3 responses

  1. Feeeeeeeeeeeeeeed Me!

    June 20, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    • Musa basjoo , is a species belonging to the genus Musa. It was previously thought to have originated from the Ryukyu islands of Japan.

      The banana fruit formed are yellow-green, around 5–10 cm (2.0–3.9 in) long and 2–3 cm (0.79–1.18 in) broad; they are inedible, with sparse white pulp and many black seeds. It requires 12–24 months of warmth to bloom.

      In traditional Chinese medicine, the stem, flower, leaves and rhizome of Musa basjoo are considered useful for clearing heat-toxins, quenching thirst and disinhibiting urine.

      In Japan, the fibres of the plant are used to produce textiles known in Japanese as bashōfu (芭蕉布, lit. “banana cloth”). Whole pseudostems are cut into strips up to 3 m long. These are beaten, bleached and dried to produce the raw material, which can then be made into products like hand-knotted carpets, tablecloths, kimonos and paper.

      It can be grown as far north as USDA zone 6a.

      June 20, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      • p.s. Althea also thinks it resembles “the Little Shop of Horrors” plant, chuckle….

        June 21, 2017 at 9:03 am

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