I had been writing on different topics related to Sikkim since last 10 years. From flipping over the pages of Sikkim heritage to Sikkim royal family, from century old Sikkim Postal History to Shapi and today we will talk about an unusual plant species. Rather a strange case, at least to me and few of my friends when I showed them the photograph of it.
This was something weird and yet exciting when I first saw this particular banana species while on the way to Gangtok sometime back. Since on that particular day near Orange Village Resort, there was a long queue of vehicles where the army vehicle had collided with a Bolero. From the lined in vehicle where I was sited, I came across this banana species planted in-front of a nearby residence. I had never come across such banana with its flower and fruits growing upright towards the sky from the usual found banana flowers that are grown towards the gravity.
Yes, you heard me true, a banana plant with its flower (bungaa) and fruits growing upward against its normal grow. I was curious enough to go close to the plant and looked at it and there was nothing fake about it, the banana fruits were hanging upward facing the sky, very unusual.
I surfed through internet about this strange species but only could find close resemblance with musa ornata, a banana species of Indian origin. I shared the photograph with my friends who echoed it to be morphed using Photoshop. This made me glad that the plant variety I came across wasn’t a common one.
Few months later, I have found another banana plant with similar features with the one from Ranipool, this time at Mill dara, Dalapchand. When I was told by one of my student Sudip Rai about a banana plant with its upright flower grown in his field, I was in cloud nine. I went to his home and had a closer look of the plant. The banana plant I saw at Sudip’s field was different from the one at Ranipool, shorter in height and less slender.
Some say it as bad omen, but it is true against all odds this banana species grows towards the sky!!