Musa x emasculata
Musa x emasculata J. de Briey ex E. A. J. De Wildeman, Mission de Briey Mayumbé (1920).
Accepted name Musa (AAB group) 'Horn' plantain type
Musa x paradisiaca L., Species Plantarum : 1043 (1753).
Synonyms Authorities Identification by Gerda Rossel.
The World Checklist of Monocotyledons gives Musa emasculata De Briey ex De Wild., Miss. de Briey Mayumbe: 306 (1920) as a synonym of Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman, Kew Bull. 2: 101 (1947 publ. 1948) which is listed as the accepted name.
Section Distribution Description References De Wildeman 1920, Index Kewensis, Rossel 1998 (Appendix B : 38 no. 56). Comments Published as Musa emasculata the "x" is added to indicate its presumed hybridity. In this context Musa x paradisiaca should not be read as implying that Musa x emasculata is Musa (AAB group) 'French' plantain, Cheesman's identification of Musa x paradisiaca L. (Cheesman 1948). However, Gerda Rossel has identified Musa x emasculata as a Musa (AAB group) 'Horn' plantain type.
The specific epithet reflects the abortive male inflorescence that characterises 'Horn' plantains.
The information at WCM cannot be reconciled with Gerda's identification.
last updated 30/04/2008