Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Double Headed Banana Tree

During Tropical Storm Faye my yard took some damage. I was holding off on this post to see exactly what would happen. I think it is time now to reveal a first for me. I have a banana tree along my fence line that was snapped in half by the strong winds. The trunk was still in tact, just folded over. I was sure it was going to be a goner.

I couldn't have been more wrong. My folded over banana tree has turned into a double headed banana tree. Where the fold is in the trunk, a new head has emerged. The process reminds me of something from the movie aliens. I have taken some progression pictures of this two headed banana tree. I have never seen a two headed banana tree before so I don't know what to expect. Please enjoy the pictures.

The Beginning

Head Number Two Emerging

I though It Would Have Died By Now

Still Growing, And The Old Head Is Still Alive

It Is Getting Stout, Shooting A New Leaf


If You Look Closely, You Can See The Original Head In The Back Still Kicking

I hope you were as amazed as I still am, see you next time.


Barbarapc said...

That's amazing - thanks for sharing your photos. I have a banana in my garden - you would laugh at its size. I grew it from seed and each year I take off the leaves, shake off the dirt and store it in a paper refuse bag in the basement - this is year #3. They really are wonderfully remarkable plants aren't they?

nawlins dawlins said...

ahh... sometimes you just leave it alone and let nature take its course. Very cool. I have never seen a double headed banana before either.

Frank in Knoxille, TN said...

I think you will find that the old stem, while still green and alive, is no longer growing. This has happened to a few of my plants before. There is only one apical meristem at the base of the pseudostem.

Ajcurtis said...

Thats cool, I love natures way. My banana plant is still small, the main head is dead, but luckily I can see something starting to bulge on the side of the plant.

Looks like it's still growing after all thank goodness.