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Go Bananas!



Botanists have discovered a new species of the genus Musa aka wild banana.  The new species belongs to the subgenera Rhodochlamys, other members of which are best known for their aesthetic and decorative purposes.  Rhadochlamys’s attractiveness comes from their vibrantly colored bract, a leaf that grows at the base of the flower (as well as the bundles of flowers themselves).  The newest specimen named Musa arunachalensis has a brilliant red-orange bract with a yellow tip.

Unfortunately, Musa arunachalensis, like the rest of the sub-genera, do not produce edible fruit but if they did, we all know the proper way to peel a banana.  Watch the video if you need a reminder (Hint: start at the bottom!)

Read more about the new species at Sci-News.

Kristen E. Strubberg is the Editor-in-Chief for TGNR. Kristen founded TGNR in 2013 - seeking to create a high quality platform for original, eclectic and substantive positive news journalism by attracting expert contributors in many varying subjects. Kristen also works as a clinical medical researcher in Cardiology, with an original background in Neuroscience. Her passion for science has translated to her science-fiction specialization, with her highly adept published insights into the best of sci-fi’s popular culture. Kristen has served as TGNR’s Editor-in-Chief since 2013.