The Tucker greenhouse contains collections of many different types of fruit trees, from Guavas, to Cacao, and from Pomegranates to Suriname Cherries. But today, we have Bananas. They’re not yet ready to eat, but I’ll be posting photos of the banana flowers as they mature, and I’ll be including photos of the harvest and the eventual eating of a Tucker greenhouse grown banana.
Bananas are found in the genus Musa, and the family Musacaceae. The banana inflorescence is surrounded by a maroon colored bract. This leaf-like bract does two things; it protects the inflorescence, but its color also acts to attract pollinators like bats or birds in the wild. The banana plant has unisexual flowers. The flowers in the photo below are female flowers. The unopened bract hanging down below the female flowers contains the male flowers. If you look closely, you can see tiny green banana fruits below the female flowers. Botanically speaking, a banana fruit is actually a fleshy berry formed from an inferior ovary.