Musa x chiliocarpa

x chiliocarpa C. A. Backer, Handboek voor de Flora van Java (Musaceae) 3: 130 - 141. (1924).

Accepted name Musa (AAB group) 'Pisang seribu'


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

Synonyms Musa acuminata L. A. Colla
Authorities The accepted name is according to Stover & Simmonds 1987 and the synonymy according to Hotta 1989.

The World Checklist of Monocotyledons lists Musa × chiliocarpa Backer ex K.Heyne, Nutt. Pl. Ned.-Ind., ed. 2: 510 (1922) as a synonym and Musa × paradisiaca L., Sp. Pl.: 1043 (1753) as the accepted name.
References Backer 1924, Backer & Bakhuizen van den Brink 1968 : 35, Champion 1967 : 39, Cheesman 1948c, Hotta 1989, Stover & Simmonds 1987.
Comments Published as Musa chiliocarpa the "x" is added to indicate its presumed hybridity.  In this context Musa x paradisiaca should not be read as implying that Musa x chapara is Musa (AAB group) 'French' plantain, Cheesman's identification of Musa x paradisiaca L. (Cheesman 1948). 'Pisang seribu' is a very distinct cultivar.

Linnean name applied to a mutant of the AAB group e.g. ‘Pisang seribu’. 'Seribu' is Malay for 'one thousand' and refers to the very large fruit number per bunch.

The name is given, misprinted, as Musa chliocarpa Baker in Hotta1989.

Stover & Simmonds 1987 identify 'Pisang seribu' as belonging to the AAB group of cultivated bananas whereas Hotta presumably interpreted it as a form of Musa acuminata.  If you accept Musa × paradisiaca as an umbrella name for all hybrid cultivated bananas then the nomenclature given by the WCM is correct.  If, as I do, you prefer to use Musa paradisiaca in the narrow sense of Cheesman (1948c) as applying only to Musa (AAB group) 'French' plantain then it is best to use the genome nomenclature system to provide an "accepted name" to Musa chiliocarpa.


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