Ensete davyae (O. Stapf, Kew Bulletin 3: 102 (1913)) E. E. Cheesman, Kew Bulletin 2 (2): 104 (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 davyae O. Stapf, Kew Bulletin 3: 102 (1913). Authorities The authorities for the accepted name are Baker & Simmonds 1953 as corrected (see below).
The synonym is from Cheesman 1947a.
The World Checklist of Monocotyledons gives Ensete davyae (Stapf) Cheesman, Kew Bull. 2: 104 (1947 publ. 1948) (synonym Musa davyae Stapf, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1913: 102 (1913)) as a synonym of Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman, Kew Bull. 2: 101 (1947 publ. 1948) which is given as the accepted name.
Distribution South Africa (Transvaal) and Mozambique. Description See Ensete ventricosum for a description of this polymorphic species.
See Musa davyae for a description of the type.
References Baker & Simmonds 1953 : 406, Champion 1967 : 40, Cheesman 1947a : 102, Guppy 1906 : 414 & 436, Simmonds 1960 : 212, WCM. Comments Cheesman created Ensete davyae as a new combination (number 23 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 davyae 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 davyae to a synonym of Ensete ventricosum (please refer to R. E. D. Baker & N. W. Simmonds, Kew Bulletin 8 (4): 574 (1953)).
Types: J. Burtt Davy, Zoutpansburg, Transvaal (drawings) and W. H. Johnson, Amatongas forest, Mozambique, 27.11.1907; in Herb. Kew.
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