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Banana Plants in Costa Rica

Banana plants. The banana plant is the largest herbaceous flowering plant. The plants are normally tall and fairly sturdy and are often mistaken for trees, but their main or upright stem is actually a pseudostem growing from a corm. Each pseudostem can produce a single bunch of bananas. The banana fruit is protected by blue bags. (Colored blue because of the belief that most birds cannot see the color blue). After fruiting, the pseudostem dies, but offshoots often develop from the base of the plant. Their life cycle is reminiscent of how bromeliads grow. They control the number of shoots from each plant to 3 at different growth stages and name them daughter, mother, and grandmother. After the grandmother produces fruit, they cut her off and look for a new daughter shoot. Apparently, bananas from Costa Rica may cost more because of the government mandated benefits employers must pay.

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Taken on October 31, 2010