Why Are Banana's Bent?


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Julii Brainard Profile
Julii Brainard answered
The very short answer is that their genes tell them to.  But...

Actually Nature doesn't like straight things very much.  Even carrots don't grow straight given half a chance (you'll soon know the truth of this if you have a home garden).

Look at this picture of banana fruit growing on a banana tree:

Note that the bananas don't just grow bent, they grow curving UPwards.

I can't find any really definitive answers on this one, but I'm guessing from how the bananas can be seen to grow...

If they grew straight, they'd be at much higher risk of any type of physical damage before ripening.  By curving in tight bunches, the fruit

A) protect each other

B) help each other ripen -- they emit a gas that helps them ripen.  And that gas gets more concentrated in a small area (rather than getting blown away) because the bunch is tightly bound.

C) are less likely to fall off early.  They put less stress on their join to the stalk by bending.

D) ripen more evenly -- at the top (near the gas concentration) and at the bottom (heat from sun).  Hence they are better off bending up rather than down.

So this way of growing (up and bending) probably confers various advantages, certainly is not disadvantageous... That's the reason most genes happen the way they do.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Hei think the bunch is growing downward due to gravity...now about the bananas ....in physics point of view it`s growing opposite to gravity that`s it shows the property of anti-gravity...now in botany point of view ...I think ...ok itz just my assumption.....that plants have meristematic tissues in their apex that`s it growing due to the rapid division of apical meristems....divisions cause increase in number of tissues and thus increase in length ...as the stem of banana bunch is growing downward, the increase in tissues tend the fruit to grow upward ...the same thing you can see in the shell of a snail..I think you `ve to find the answer for why the snail shell is bending then you may get better answer for this too ...
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Luke Grimmett answered
It is because it cannot get hard over the female side only the males.

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