Notes on banana taxonomy

  • Authors : Simmonds, N.W.

  • Document type : Journal article

  • Year of publication : 1960

  • Journal title : Kew Bulletin

  • Volume (number) : 14 (2)

  • Pages : 198-212

  • Peer-reviewed : Yes

  • ISSN : 0075-5974; 1874-933X

  • Language(s) : English

  • Abstract : It is now over ten years since that new Banana Research Scheme was started and E.E. Cheesman summarized his researches into the taxonomy of the bananas in the journal (Kew Bull. 2: 1947, et. seq.). Since that time a general treatment of the genus Ensete in Africa has appeared (Kew Bull. 8, 405-16: 1953, 574: 1954) and several new species and combinations have been made in Musa, mostly as a result of a banana-collecting expedition made in 1954-5 (Kew Bull. 11, 463-89: 1957). As a result, our knowledge of the genus Musa is now somewhat wider than it was ten years ago and it is possible also to give a general, though still incomplete, account of Ensete in Asia. The purpose of this paper is to describe two new species and to present brief assessments of our present knowledge of the composition of the two genera in the form of checklists. Species described here: Musa ingens, Musa beccarii, Musa acuminata in Ceylan, a probable new Australimusa from western New Guinea and a Callimusa in Borneo. Species of Ensete were collected in India, Madagascar, Thailand, Burma, China, Philippine islands and Indonesia.


  • Open access : No

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

  • Musalit document ID : IN080382

Generate Citation