Musa x champa
Musa 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 1893.
Not listed at the World Checklist of Monocotyledons.
Section Distribution 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.
last updated 30/04/2008