Sunday, November 01, 2009

Banana Flowers at Florida Botanical Gardens

We went for a walk through the tropical fruit garden at Florida Botanical Gardens. The banana trees were in bloom. I never realized how many different kinds of banana plants there are.

Thousand fingers bananas are tiny. They're only about 2 inches long. Bananas are botanically classified as berries. The fruit does look like berries on these plants.

The fruit is the female part of the flower containing the seeds. The bud on the end of the stem is the male part of the flower.

Close up of a banana flower.

You can see how the fruit develops between the flower petals on the Raja Puri banana flower.


More photos of Florida Botanical Gardens

Holiday Lights at Florida Botanical Gardens in December 2008

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