Musa balbisiana var. andamica
Musa balbisiana L. A. Colla var. andamica D. B. Singh, T. V. Sreekumar, R. S. Sharma, & A. K. Bandyopadhyay, Malayan Nature Journal 52 (3&4): 157-160 (1998)
Accepted name Musa balbisiana L. A. Colla var. andamica D. B. Singh, T. V. Sreekumar, T. V. R. S. Sharma, & A. K. Bandyopadhyay, Malayan Nature Journal 52 (3&4): 157-160 (1998) Synonyms Authorities Singh et al 1998. Section Eumusa (Musa) 2 Distribution Andaman & Nicobar Islands Description From Singh et al:
"This new variety is closely allied to the typical Musa balbisiana Colla, but markedly differs by the less-tillering pseudostems, longer (up to 20 cm long) 5 - 6-angled berries with a larger number of seeds (up to 270 per fruit). Biotechnology and crop-improvement programmes have been initiated with this interesting wild germplasm of banana".
References Singh et al 1998. Comments Compared to Musa acuminata, Musa balbisiana is a relatively uniform species. However, there is variation within it and this has led to various species being differentiated from it (see previous page) although none have survived closer scrutiny.
Type. India, D. B. Singh & P. V. Streekumar 18425 holotype CAL; isotype PBL.
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