Musa acuminata subsp. truncata
Musa acuminata L. A. Colla subsp. truncata (H. N. Ridley) R. Kiew, Ann. Bot. (U.K.) 88: 1025 (2001).
Musa acuminata L. A. Colla subsp. truncata (H. N. Ridley) R. Kiew, Ann. Bot. 88 (6): 1025 (2001).
Musa truncata H. N. Ridley, J. Fed. Malay States Mus. 4 : 80 (1909).
The World Checklist of Monocotyledons gives Musa acuminata L. A. Colla subsp. truncata (H. N. Ridley) R. Kiew as an accepted name and Musa truncata Ridl., J. Fed. Malay States Mus. 4: 80 (1909) as a synonym.
Eumusa (Musa) 1
Very limited in Peninsular Malaysia. See map at Musa acuminata.
Jarret 1987, Jones 2000 : 10 (Fig. 1.2), Novak 1992 (misprinted M. a. tranceta), Pollefys et al 2004, Simmonds 1956 : 467, Kiew 2001 in Wong et al 2001 : 1025, WCM.
Comments Simmonds reduced M. truncata under Musa acuminata subsp. microcarpa but that name is now applied only to a distinct population of plants from West Malaysia (Borneo).
Hotta gives the correct name of this as Musa acuminata subsp. malaccensis but although subsp. truncata exists so to speak as an island in a sea of subsp. malaccensis it is now accepted as a distinct highland form. Wong et al 2001 found that "subspecies malaccensis which is endemic in peninsular Malaysia and subsp. microcarpa which is endemic in Borneo were found to be more similar to each other in their DNA patterns than they are to subsp. truncata, which is endemic to peninsular Malaysia".
I previously gave the accepted name as Musa acuminata L. A. Colla subsp. truncata (H. N. Ridley) A. N. Other. Unfortunately Pollefys et al (2004) have copied this. By A. N. Other I meant "another" and as indicated in the text at the time I did not know the author of M. acuminata subsp. truncata.
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