Going Bananas in Cairns

Our visit to Cairns was in April just a few after cyclone Yasi had ravaged Queensland hit the area in late January, early February of 2011.

We had heard that the banana plantations had been badly effected and accordingly banana prices had risen sharply in Victoria.

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However, I did not know that bananas were a quick-growing plant and it appeared that some growers had cut their plants just above ground level prior to the cyclone. in doing this the ‘trunk’ of each plant could, or was blown down by cyclone Yasi but the root remained safely in the ground thereby saving the plants. By mid-April banana plants (not trees) had regenerated and were again approaching 15 to 20 feet in height.

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A quick look in Wikipedia will inform states that banana plants can grow up to 30 feet tall and while banana plants do look like trees they are giant shoots as the banana plant is a herb not a tree. In fact, the banana is the largest plant on earth without a woody stem.

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