Musa itinerans (Musaceae) and its intraspecific taxa in China



  • Authors : Häkkinen, M.; Hong, W.; Ge, X.J.

  • Document type : Journal article

  • Year of publication : 2008

  • Journal title : Novon

  • Volume (number) : 18 (1)


  • Pages : 50-60

  • Peer-reviewed : Yes

  • ISSN : 1055-3177; 7010-3618

  • Language(s) : English

  • Abstract : Musa itinerans Cheesman (Musaceae) is dispersed across continental Southeast Asia from Northeast India to Vietnam and the adjacent islands, with only two previously described varieties. Its intraspecific taxa have not been comprehensively investigated. In this study, M. itinerans is morphologically circumscribed based on field studies in southern China. Four varieties are described as new: M. itinerans var. 'chinensis' Häkkinen, M. itinerans var. 'guangdongensis' Häkkinen, M. itinerans var. lechangensis Ha¿kkinen, and M. itinerans var. xishuangbannaensis Ha¿kkinen. We propose a new rank for M. itinerans subsp. 'annamica' R.V. Valmayor, L.D. Danh and Häkkinen as M. itinerans var. 'annamica' (R.V. Valmayor, L.D. Danh and Häkkinen) Häkkinen. A table for the distinguishing characteristics is provided for these varieties and for M. itinerans var. itinerans Cheesman. All of these studies are based on morphological characteristics observed in the field in China during 2005 and 2006, in various herbaria, and in the literature on Musaceae. (Author's abstract).

  • Keywords : PLANT ANATOMY; WILD PLANTS; CHINA

  • Open access : No

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  • Musalit document ID : IN080231


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