Musa x bidigitalis
Musa x bidigitalis E. A. J. De Wildeman, Mission De Briey Mayumbé, 329 (1920).
Accepted name Musa (AAB group) 'French' plantain type
Musa x paradisiaca L., Species Plantarum : 1043 (1753).
Synonyms Authorities Identification by Gerda Rossel.
The World Checklist of Monocotyledons lists Musa bidigitalis De Wild., Miss. de Briey Mayumbe: 329 (1920) as a synonym of Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman, Kew Bull. 2: 101 (1947 publ. 1948) which is given as an accepted name.
Section Distribution Belgian Congo Description Very long male axis, 5 hands, 2 - 3 fingers per hand, long apex, bases of pedicels swollen, about 38 leaves, pseudostem 4.5 m.
References De Wildeman 1920, Index Kewensis, Rossel 1998 (Appendix B : 16, no. 19) Comments Published as Musa bidigitalis the "x" is added to indicate its hybridity. In this context Musa x bidigitalis is synonymous with Musa x paradisiaca L. Cheesman identified Musa x paradisiaca L. as Musa (AAB group) 'French' plantain (Cheesman 1948).
Gerda Rossel's identification cannot be reconciled with the World Checklist of Monocotyledons.
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