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    Do we have anyone here from the Isle Of Bute who can confirm this story or was Jez just watching 'The Wicker Man' whilst tripping balls?
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    Avoid "The Wicker Tree" follow up...

    The Earl of Bute was the worlds wealthiest person (IIRC) and could afford to have exotic plants brought in from around the world and properly tended

    The whole place is bloody amazing, especially the actual stately home. Highly recommended as a day out if in the area.

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    I think Mount Stuart, the home of the Bute Family have a Musa zebrina. They can and do produce Fruits.... oddly babana shaped, as its a sort of, h, Banana plant
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    This is outdoors and appears to be a plant that likes being in water as it is right next to a stream and some of the tree is in the water, including some of the banana shaped things. I've tried looking them up before but couldn't find anything similar. The only similarity to bananas is the shape of these pods... but they are about a yard long, green and have spikes all over them. It really looks prehistoric!
    There is a massive greenhouse as well with other exotic plants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkless Electronics View Post
    The most spectacular plants I've ever seen (as opposed to smoked) were actually in Scotland... Isle of Bute, Mount Stuart to be precise. Real wow stuff Feck knows what it is but they have these things like 3 foot long bananas covered with spikes which look like they came from the land that time forgot. Amazing.
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    Nope. Much bigger than that and the pods really are like bananas but are single rather than like a bunch of bananas. They also hang down on "tendrils" with some of them actually in the water. Impressive and prehistoric though that is it's not a patch on the thing I'm talking about... The leaves look pretty similar though.
    I couldn't find any photos of it on the Mount Stuart website when I was trying to work out what it was a few years ago and nothing I found on google came close...
    Yer on the right lines with that though!

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