Classification of the bananas. III. Critical notes on species: g. Musa itinerans, and h. Musa ornata

  • Authors : Cheesman, E.E.

  • Document type : Journal article

  • Year of publication : 1949

  • Journal title : Kew Bulletin

  • Volume (number) : 4 (1)

  • Pages : 23-28

  • Peer-reviewed : Yes

  • ISSN : 0075-5974; 1874-933X

  • Language(s) : English

  • Abstract : M. itinerans is named from its habit of "travelling" from the spot where it is planted, by means of its long rhizomes. It has otherwise the vegetative habit and stature of a cultivated banana, and there is nothing remarkable in its flowers or seeds. In male bud and fruit it is so unlike any described species that none can be mentioned as its possible nearest relative. Its relationship to other members of Eumusa will have to be determined cytogenetically rather than on phenotype. Musa ornata is widely distributed in cultivation in the tropics as an ornamental plant, and therefore one of the best-known species of Musa, certainly the best known in the section of Rhodochlamys, though frequently misnamed. The original description occurs in the Florida Indica edited by William Carey and published in 1824. As there has never been any serious question about the identity of the plant.


  • Open access : No

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  • Musalit document ID : IN080370

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