Musa aiori P. A. Sagot [?Revue Horticole 60 (1888)].
Musa airoi auct. ex De Wildeman, E., Annales du Musée Colonial de Marseille 10: 286 - 362. (1912).
Accepted name none - unidentified Fe'i banana(s) Synonyms Authorities Stover & Simmonds 1987 Section Australimusa Distribution Society Islands. Description References De Wildeman 1912 : 47, Stover & Simmonds 1987. Comments According to Stover & Simmonds 1987, Musa aiori was applied by P. A. Sagot to a group of "wild" or occasionally cultivated plants grown for fruit in the Society Islands. The clones probably originated by hybridisation of a range of species possibly including Musa maclayi, Musa jackeyi, Musa angustigemma, Musa peekelii and possibly others as yet undescribed.
Stover & Simmonds caution that the Fe'i bananas are so poorly understood that the use of Latin binomials is "unwise".
Musa aiori is not mentioned by Sagot in Bull. Soc. Bot. Fr. 34 (1887) so is presumably in Revue Horticole 60 (1888) which I have not seen.
Musa airoi is presumably Sagot's Musa aiori mis-spelled by De Wildeman but his "auct." suggests authors additional to Sagot.
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