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close this bookBetter Farming Series 18 - Bananas (FAO - INADES, 1977, 27 p.)
close this folderDescription of the banana plant
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View the documentApparent trunk
View the documentUnderground stem and roots
View the documentLeaves
View the documentFlowers
View the documentFruit
View the documentDigging the planting holes
View the documentPlanting the suckers

Underground stem and roots

The banana has an underground stem with adventitious roots (see Booklet No. 1, page 25). It is full of food for the plant.

Alongside the main stem, it has other stems called suckers. These stems grow into banana plants.

The banana plant produces its fruit and dies.

Another sucker replaces it.

An underground stem with suckers