A portion of a banana plant growing close to the pool on the grounds of the apartment we rented in November 2009 (close up on the right). They are not technically trees; they're plants. Their leaves and the stalks that support them are very large.
Note the bananas grow upwards. Ultimately, the cluster of bananas ripen and are either harvested or just rot away. The whole banana plant then dies and is replaced by a new one which can be found growing beneath it from seeds of the older plant. The bananas illustrated were not yet ripe enough for eating. Their presence drove the local monkey populations crazy. They would "inspect" the bananas daily just waiting for them to ripen. Then the feast would start. November 17, 2009. Nikon D300 + Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VR
queposcosta ricamanuel antoniobananas