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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


The flowers of the banana plant form a large spike (see Booklet No. 3, page 6).

It turns downward to the soil and opens. It hears male and female flowers.

The spike comes out of the apparent trunk and turns to the ground

You can see:

- the female flowers pressed closely together in the shape of hands.

The bunch is formed; the hands are turning up.

- a red bud at the end of the spike containing the male flowers; the male flowers die quickly and the bud slowly becomes smaller.

The flowers is opening