Ensete bagshawei (A. B. Rendle and S. Greves, Journal of Botany, British and Foreign. 48: 169 [t. 506] (1910)) E. E. Cheesman, Kew Bulletin 2 (2): 103 (1947).
Accepted name Ensete ventricosum (F. M. J. Welwitsch) E. E. Cheesman, Kew Bulletin 2 (2): 101 (1947) and R. E. D. Baker & N. W. Simmonds, Kew Bulletin 8 (3): 405 (1953) with correction in Kew Bulletin 8 (4): 574 (1953). Synonyms Musa bagshawei A. B. Rendle and S. Greves, Journal of Botany, British and Foreign. 48: 169 [t. 506] (1910). Authorities The source for the accepted name and synonym is Baker & Simmonds 1953 as corrected (see below). Distribution Tropical East Africa, the type material was collected by Bagshawe in Uganda. Description See Ensete ventricosum for a description of this polymorphic species.
See Musa bagshawei for a description of the type of Ensete bagshawei.
The World Checklist of Monocotyledons gives Ensete bagshawei (Rendle & Greves) Cheesman, Kew Bull. 2: 103 (1947 publ. 1948) (synonym Musa bagshawei Rendle & Greves, J. Bot. 48: 169 (1910)) as a synonym of Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman, Kew Bull. 2: 101 (1947 publ. 1948) which is given as the accepted name.
References Aluka, Baker & Simmonds 1953 : 406, Champion 1967 : 39, Cheesman 1947a : 103, Fawcett 1913 : 278, Lock 1993 : 3, Mobot VAST database. Comments Cheesman created Ensete bagshawei as a new combination (number 21 out of 25) in a brief note in his 1947 paper reviving the genus Ensete. Cheesman revived one and created 24 new Ensete species in that paper but acknowledged that field study might reveal synonymy. Baker and Simmonds' 1953 review of the genus Ensete in Africa radically reduced the number of species either reducing or rejecting most of Cheesman's African Ensete. Baker and Simmonds' original paper reduced Ensete bagshawei to a synonym of Ensete edule. However, when it was noticed that, via Musa ventricosa, Ensete ventricosum took priority over Ensete edule by three years a substantial correction appeared in the following issue of Kew Bulletin that reduced Ensete bagshawei to a synonym of Ensete ventricosum (please refer to R. E. D. Baker & N. W. Simmonds, Kew Bulletin 8 (4): 574 (1953)).
Cheesman mis-spelled S. Greves' name as Greaves and this error has since been widely copied e.g. by Aluka, Baker & Simmonds, at Mobot Tropicos and most recently by Lock. Fawcett got it right though.
The type material (holotype) is in the Herbarium of the British Museum (Bagshawe no. 1582, 25.4.1907, Foweira etc., Unyoro, Uganda, at 3,500 ft.).
There are two external images of Bagshawe's type of Musa bagshawei at the Aluka website http://www.aluka.org.
last updated 26/11/2007