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Naked banana plants

Caption:
Banana plants stripped of their pseudostem to reveal the floral stem that supports the inflorescence/bunch. The floral stem is the banana plant's true stem, as opposed to the pseudostem which is formed by the sheaths of the leaves. The floral stem grows through the centre of the pseudostem before emerging at the top of the plant. The leaves' insertion points along the floral stem are visible on the photo.
Keywords:
Morphology
Date shot:
May 2008
Country:
Rwanda
Photographer:
Blomme, Guy / Bioversity International