Musa cavendishii var. pumila
Musa cavendishii var. pumila (F. M. Blanco) N. G. Teodoro, Philipp. J. Sci., C 10: 412 (1915).
Accepted name Musa (AAA group) 'Dwarf Cavendish'
Musa acuminata L. A. Colla, Memoria sul genere Musa e monografia del Medesimo : 66 (1820) and E. E. Cheesman, Kew Bulletin 3 (1): 22 (1948).
The World Checklist of Monocotyledons lists Musa cavendishii var. pumila (Blanco) N.G.Teodoro, Philipp. J. Sci., C 10: 412 (1915), Musa x paradisiaca var. pumila Blanco, Fl. Filip.: 244 (1837) and Musa x sapientum var. pumila (Blanco) Merr., Enum. Philipp. Fl. Pl. 1(2): 225 (1922) as synonyms of Musa x paradisiaca L., Sp. Pl.: 1043 (1753) which is given as an accepted name.
Section Distribution Description References Valmayor et al 2002 : 104 Comments Since this is derived exclusively from Musa acuminata it is appropriate to give that as the accepted name although less useful than Musa (AAA group) 'Dwarf Cavendish'.
The WCM gives Musa x paradisiaca as the accepted name. Cavendish-type bananas are triploids derived from Musa acuminata. It is therefore appropriate to give Musa acuminata as the accepted name although less useful than Musa (AAA group) 'Dwarf Cavendish'. It is not correct to give Musa x paradisiaca as the accepted name as this implies hybridity between M. acuminata and M. balbisiana.
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