Ensete buchanani (J. G. Baker, Annals of Botany 7: 207 (1893)) E. E. Cheesman, Kew Bulletin 2 (2): 102 (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 buchanani J. G. Baker, Annals of Botany 7: 207 (1893). Authorities The source for the accepted name is Baker & Simmonds 1953 as corrected (see below). The synonym is from Cheesman 1947a.
The termination should be "ii" (i.e. buchananii) ICBN Art. 60 Rec. 60C.1.(b) but it seems unnecessary now to change it.
Distribution Tropical East Africa. See Musa buchanani. Description See Ensete ventricosum for a description of this polymorphic species.
See Musa buchanani for a description of the type of Ensete buchanani.
The World Checklist of Monocotyledons gives Ensete buchananii (Baker) Cheesman, Kew Bull. 2: 102 (1947 publ. 1948) (synonym Musa buchananii Baker, Ann. Bot. (Oxford) 7: 207 (1893)) 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 : 405, Cheesman 1947a : 102, Lock 1993 : 5, Mobot VAST database, WCM. Comments Cheesman created Ensete buchanani as a new combination (number 9 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 buchanani 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 buchanani to a synonym of Ensete ventricosum (please refer to R. E. D. Baker & N. W. Simmonds, Kew Bulletin 8 (4): 574 (1953)).
The type material (holotype) is in the Herbarium at RBG Kew (Buchanan no. 470).
There is one external image of Buchanan's type of Musa buchanani at the Aluka website http://www.aluka.org.
last updated 24/11/2007