Musa x champa

x champa Hort. ex Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 6: 263 (1892).

Accepted name none - an undetermined cultivated banana


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

Synonyms 1. Musa x sapietum L. according to Index Kewensis
2. Musa x sapientum var. champa Baker according to Schumann 1912 cited in Champion 1967.
Authorities Synonym 1 is from Index Kewensis & IPNI.
Synonym 2 is from Baker

Not listed at the World Checklist of Monocotyledons.

Description Stem and midrib of the leaf red. Fruit pale straw yellow, about 6 in. long, very luscious and delicate in flavour.

(from Baker 1893)
References Anon 1906 : 22, Baker 1893 : 213, Champion 1967 : 39, Index Kewensis, IPNI, Schumann 1912 : 20.
Comments Published as Musa champa 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 champa is Musa (AAB group) 'French' plantain, Cheesman's identification of Musa x paradisiaca L. (Cheesman 1948).

There is an Indian AB banana cultivar called Chini champa to which this may refer.

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