Plantain Blossom

“You can’t teach calculus to a chimpanzee. So just share your banana.” – John Rachel

I had no idea what plantain flowers looked like. What a curious blossom. The fruit is formed. From the small female flowers at the top right of the large male flower or rachis. I also had no idea that the plantain or related banana plants are considered perennial herbs because the aerial parts of the parent plant die down to the ground after the growing season.

If you are interested in more information about this interesting plant, check it out here.

3 Comments on “Plantain Blossom

  1. Is this as large as it appears?
    Without scale, it seems like it’s a couple of feet across.
    Guessing banana flowers must be similar.

    Thanks Ed.


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