This is a banana flower. (A platano, in Mexico.)
Looks a little like Audrey II, the man-eating plant in Little Shop of Horrors, don’t you think?
This flower bud, which is probably 8 or more inches long, opens, petal by petal, exposing a ring of long, tubular yellow flowers with red tips.
When these have had a chance to be pollinated, the covering leaves drop to the ground and a new set opens revealing another ring of sweet smelling golden blossoms.
When the flower has opened completely, all that remains is a bunch of green bananas to grow and ripen – upside down of course.
Then the plant sends out another flower and the process begins all over again.
Here area a few more photos.
Tasty beauty don’t you think?
Amazing! And you get to eat ripened on the tree fruit unlike the picked green ones we get in the states! Yummy!
If you have a banana tree you do. As with most things, fresh picked is always better.