Banana trees are really herbs!
Which is keen, but even more keen is that banana plants are rhizomes:*
A giant perennial herb rather than a tree, the banana plant grows quickly from underground rhizomes (rootstocks) into a 10 to 25 feet tall and wide plant, depending on variety, with dwarfs half the size of regular trees. The trunk (pseudostem) consists of leaf sheaths wrapped around each other. Many suckers come up from the roots, but only one should be allowed to remain, to replace the fruiting trunk after bearing. Large elliptic green or purple leaves can grow as huge as 9 feet tall and 2 feet wide; protect them from wind if you like to see the leaves whole and the tree standing up straight.
And who here remembers Alfred Kahn?
So, now we have the word "banana" -- what are we saying "banana" instead of today?
NOTE * Rhizomic growth being my current metaphor for how a blogosphere without an A list might spread...