Musa bagshawei

Musa bagshawei A. B. Rendle & S. Greves, Journal of Botany, British and Foreign. 48: 169 [t. 506] (1910).

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 Ensete bagshawei (A. B. Rendle & S. Greves) E. E. Cheesman, Kew Bulletin 2 (2): 103 (1947).
Authorities The source for the accepted name is Baker & Simmonds 1953 as corrected (see below).

The synonym is from Cheesman 1947a.

The World Checklist of Monocotyledons gives Musa bagshawei Rendle & Greves, J. Bot. 48: 169 (1910) as a synonym of Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman, Kew Bull. 2: 101 (1947 publ. 1948) which is given as an accepted name.

Distribution Tropical East Africa, the type material was collected by Bagshawe in Uganda.
Description Plant 16 - 18 ft. high; trunk 6 ft. in circumference 6 in. above the ground. Leaves with a narrow red edging and red mid-rib, 11 ft. long. Inflorescence drooping 2 ft. long. Bracts dull red, acuminate, 11 in. long, 6 in. broad. Flowers 17 - 19, in two rows, under each bract. Perianth three-lobed, about 1 in. long; free petal three-toothed, median tooth awn-like, lateral rounded, rather more than in. long. Fruit light orange with a little darker pulp, 4 - 5 in. long. Seeds thirty, black, shining. Very near to M. Laurentii.

(Fawcett 1913).
References Baker & Simmonds 1953 : 406, Champion 1967 : 39, Cheesman 1947a : 103, Fawcett 1913 : 278, Lock 1993 : 3, Mobot VAST database, Rendle & Greves 1910, WCM
Comments This was one of a number of African Musa transferred to Ensete by Cheesman in his 1947 paper reviving the genus Ensete. It was later reduced to a synonym of Ensete ventricosum by Baker & Simmonds 1953 as corrected (please refer to R. E. D. Baker & N. W. Simmonds, Kew Bulletin 8 (4): 574 (1953)). It is now recognised that there are no wild Musa native to Africa, only Ensete.

Cheesman mis-spelled S. Greves' name as Greaves and this error has since been widely copied e.g. by Baker & Simmonds, at Mobot Tropicos and most recently by Lock. Fawcett got it right though.

The type material (holotype) is in the Herbarium of the British Museum (Bagshawe no. 1582, 25.4.1907, Foweira etc., Unyoro, Uganda, at 3,500 ft.).


There are two external images of Bagshawe's type at the Aluka website

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