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BananasMusa AcuminataOriginally of Asiatic origin, in Florida the banana has become naturalized from Key West to Jacksonville and everywhere in between. However, bananas thrive and fruit more reliably in the warmer southern areas of the state.

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The plants grow to twenty feet high and the leaves, which cluster at the crown and fall away as they age, are deeply lobed, dark green, and up to two feet wide. Flowers are yellow, cone canada goose sale uk shaped, and appear on the trunk surrounding the growing head on the female plants, and clustering, orchid like, and yellow on long stemmed canada goose outlet las vegas branches on the male plants. Only the female plants produce the green, then yellow orange melon like fruits, but the male flowers are prized for their intoxicating, sweet aroma.

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Key lime trees are often found at old Seminole Indian campsites canada goose outlet mall in the Everglades, as well as in the fringe rows of old groves, where homestead farmers planted a few of the trees for themselves.

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Also, key lime juice has been said to alleviate the canada goose factory outlet vancouver itching of mosquito bites, which always comes in handy in the sunshine state.

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