Sunday, January 29, 2012

[Botany • 2008] Musa aurantiaca • A taxonomic revision of Musa aurantiaca Baker (1893) (Musaceae) in Southeast Asia

Living specimen of Musa aurantiaca 

Since the initial description, the name  Musa aurantiaca   has been unclear to most botanists. The aim of this study is to settle its true identity and to update the description. The plant is distributed in the regions of Upper Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, India, Northern Myanmar and Tibet, China where it occurs commonly but it is not mentioned in Chinese literature at all. In this paper, the authors also review the description and the literature history of M. aurantiaca from 1893 to the present. Musa aurantiaca Baker is typified here. 

Key words  Musa, Musa aurantiaca, Musaceae, Southeast Asia, wild banana.

Living specimen of Musa aurantiaca at XTBG. 
3 - inflorescence Photo: M. Häkkinen. ; insert - fruits

Häkkinen, M., and H. Väre. 2008. A taxonomic revision of Musa aurantiaca (Musaceae) in Southeast Asia. Journal of Systematics and Evolution (formerly Acta Phytotaxonomica Sinica) 46: 89-92.