Musa x consociata

Musa x consociata T. Nakai, Bulletin of the Tokyo Science Museum. No. 22. II: 16 (1948).

Accepted name none - an undetermined cultivated banana


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


Musa acuminata L. A. Colla, Memoria della Reale Accademia delle Scienze di Torino 25 : 384 (1820). [Memoria sul genere Musa e monografia del Medesimo 66 (1820).] and E. E. Cheesman, Kew Bulletin 3 (1): 22 (1948).

Authorities Hotta 1989 gives Musa acuminata as a synonym.

The World Checklist of Monocotyledons lists Musa x consociata Nakai, Bull. Tokyo Sci. Mus. 22: 16 (1948) as a synonym of Musa x paradisiaca L., Sp. Pl.: 1043 (1753) which is given as the accepted name.


"Musa consociata Nakai sp. nov. (Pisang Burut, means intimate banana).

In this species tepals are yellow tinged with purple or reddish-purple. Two to eleven ovaries of same hand unite each other laterally or dorsiventrally, and flowers unite too, so that one united flower consists of 6-9 sepals and 10-15 stamens. The pulp of fruits has little sourness which makes one recollect the taste of apple in the tropics. Dutch people eat this fruit whenever they want to taste apple. Dutch name is apfel banana. This banana is used for sexual object by Indonesians. The united fruits exhibit often the image of male organ (penis with testis). This image makes Indonesian to think of the effective irritation on fair sex. Married women only are allowed to eat this fruit. They believe that if women eats this, she can go in her family way very soon, while men eats it his intestine and sexual organ will unite together and become deformed. One day, I brought back a bunch quite ignorant of such, and all native servants burst into laugh to my great astonishment as Indonesian servants are very quiet usually. I inquired why they laughed so laud, and could hear the above information from the oldest servant."

(from Nakai 1948)

References Hotta 1989.
Comments Published as Musa consociata 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 consociata is Musa (AAB group) 'French' plantain, Cheesman's identification of Musa x paradisiaca L. (Cheesman 1948).  On the other hand, Hotta gives Musa acuminata as the accepted name implying an AA or AAA genotype.

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