Ensete fecundum (O. Stapf, Journal of the Linnean Society (Bot.) 37: 526 (1906)) 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 fecunda O. Stapf, Journal of the Linnean Society (Bot.) 37: 526 (1906). Authorities The authority for the accepted name is Baker & Simmonds 1953 as corrected (see below), the synonymy is from Cheesman 1947a.
The World Checklist of Monocotyledons gives Ensete fecundum (Stapf) Cheesman, Kew Bull. 2: 103 (1947 publ. 1948) (synonym Musa fecunda Stapf, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 37: 528 (1906)) as a synonym of Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman, Kew Bull. 2: 101 (1947 publ. 1948) which is given as the accepted name.
Distribution Uganda (Isunga, Tooro). Description See Ensete ventricosum for a description of this polymorphic species.
See Musa fecunda for a description of the type.
References Aluka, Baker & Simmonds 1953 : 406, Cheesman 1947a, Fawcett 1913 : 274, Lock 1993 : 5, Mobot Tropicos, Stapf 1906 : 526, WCM. Comments Cheesman created Ensete fecundum as a new combination (number 19 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 fecundum 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 fecundum to a synonym of Ensete ventricosum (please refer to R. E. D. Baker & N. W. Simmonds, Kew Bulletin 8 (4): 574 (1953)).
Type (holotype): M. T. Dawe no. 521, Isunga, Toro, Uganda; in Herbarium, RBG Kew.
There is one external image of Dawe's type of Musa fecunda at the Aluka website http://www.aluka.org.
last updated 27/11/2007