Musa cliffortiana

Musa cliffortiana L. Species Plantarum, 1043 (1753) in syn.

Accepted name none
Synonyms Musa paradisiaca L.
References Champion 1967, Cheesman 1948 b, Index Kewensis.
Comments The name Musa Cliffortiana was published by Linnaeus in 1736.  There is an illustration of the plant on the index page of this website (follow the link HOME below).   This was the first banana that Linnaeus had encountered, growing under glass in the garden of Mr George Cliffort near Haarlem in Holland.  Botanical nomenclature is taken as dating from 1753, from the first edition of Species PlantarumMusa Cliffortiana is thus technically a pre-Linnean Linnean name.  In 1753 Linnaeus re-named the plant Musa paradisiaca and included the name Musa Cliffortiana as a synonym.  Musa paradisiaca thus became the type of the genus Musa.


last revision 15 January 2004