Musa x bacoba

Musa x bacoba C. F. Rottboĝll (Rottboell), Act. Lit. Univ. Hafn. 1: 302 (1778).

Accepted name none - an undetermined cultivated fruiting banana (probably)


Musa x paradisiaca L., Species Plantarum : 1043 (1753).


The World Checklist of Monocotyledons lists Musa bacoba Rottb., Acta Lit. Univ. Hafn. 1: 302 (1778) as an unplaced name.

Distribution Guiana
References Index Kewensis, Schumann 1900 : 28
Comments Published as Musa bacoba the "x" is added to indicate its presumed hybridity.  In this context Musa x paradisiaca is effectively the same as "an undetermined cultivated banana".  This should not be read as implying that Musa x bacoba is Musa (AAB group) 'French' plantain, Cheesman's identification of Musa x paradisiaca L. (Cheesman 1948).

If it was found in Guiana it was presumably a cultivated banana.  The name may derive from "pacoba" or "bacova" an ancient name for the banana (see Rumphius for example).

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