Musa borneensis Becc. (Musaceae) and its intraspecific taxa in Borneo

  • Authors : Häkkinen, M.; Meekiong, K.

  • Document type : Journal article

  • Year of publication : 2005

  • Journal title : Acta Phytotaxonomica et Geobotanica

  • Volume (number) : 56 (3)

  • Pages : 213-230

  • Peer-reviewed : Yes

  • ISSN : 1346-7565

  • Language(s) : English

  • Abstract : Borneo, being part of the centre of banana origin, is home to a large number of wild bananas. Musa borneensis was one of the first Musa species from the island that was described by the, Italian botanist Dr. Odoardo Beccari in the nineteenth century. In the twentieth century, the Japanese prof Mitsuru Hotta described a closely related variety of Musa borneensis and named it Musa flavida. However, each botanist studied different areas of the island and couldn't observe the close relation to the other varieties. The Musa borneensis group from Borneo has been studied extensively in the field during 2001-2004 in Malaysia (Sarawak and Sabah) and Brunei by the authors. Keys and a table of differentiating characteristics of each variety are provided. Six distinct Musa borneensis varieties have been identified: alutacea, borneesis, flavida, lutea, phonicea and sarawakensis. Four of these varieties are described and illustrated as new varieties. We propose re-classifying Musa flavida as a variety rather than as a species, as its degree of differentiation is with within the variations of the other varieties described. (Author's abstract).


  • Open access : Yes

  • Document on publisher's site : open View article on publisher's site

  • Musalit document ID : IN070758

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