Varietal Identification in the Cavendish Group of Bananas

  • Authors : Simmonds, N.W.

  • Document type : Journal article

  • Year of publication : 1954

  • Journal title : Journal of Horticultural Science

  • Volume (number) : 29 (2)

  • Pages : 81-88

  • Peer-reviewed : Yes

  • ISSN : 0022-1589

  • Language(s) : English

  • Abstract : Musa Cavendishii Lambert was described in 1837 from a greenhouse specimen and was named in honour of the owner of the plant, the Duke of Devonshire. It is a dwarf banana of very characteristic aspect which has attained great economic importance in various parts of the world. Studies of banana varieties made at the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture showed, however, that it was connected by a series of intergrading mutant forms to bananas of more normal aspect and that the Latin binomial was invalid. Cheesman named the assemblage of mutants the Cavendish Group and it is now evident that it is a complex of edible triploid cultivars of Musa acuminata. The problem of varietal identification in this group has been raised recently by the adoption in various West Indian islands of certain members of the group as export banana varieties to replace the Panama Disease-susceptible Gros Michel. The situation prompted an investigation of problems of varietal identification in the group and the results are reported here.


  • Open access : No

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  • Musalit document ID : IN140045

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