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Unformatted text preview: nt is actually a giant The banana plant is actually a giant herb that produces a large, pendant (drooping) flower stalk (inflorescence) bearing male and female flowers. Stamenbearing male flowers are produced in clusters at the end of the stalk, just above the large, purple bracts that appear like a giant bud. Ovary
bearing female flowers are produced in clusters farther up the flower stalk and give rise to clusters of banana fruits. An herb An herb disguised as a tree. Bananas do not grow on trees. The banana plant is a herb. What looks like a trunk is actually a false stem, a pseudostem, made from the overlaying of leaf sheaths. Banana corms
Banana A corm is a short, vertical, swollen A corm is a short, vertical, swollen underground plant stem that serves as a storage organ. Taro corms A banana plant in full bloom. The elongate, pendant, bisexual flower stalk has purple bracts at the end resembling a large bud. Just above the purple bracts are clusters of old, stamenbearing male flowers. Further up on the stalk are clusters of immature bananas that developed from clusters...
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