Musa glauca

Musa glauca W. Roxburgh, Hort. Beng. 19 (1814) (nomen), Corom. Pl. t. 300, 96-98 (1819-1820), Flora Indica 2: 490 (1824) (descr.); ibid. ed. 2, 1: 669 (1832).

Accepted name Ensete glaucum (W. Roxburgh) E. E. Cheesman, Kew Bulletin 2 (2): 101 (1947).
Synonyms 1. Musa nepalensis N. Wallich, in W. Roxburgh, Flora Indica 2: 490 (1824) and ibid. ed. 2 vol. 1: 669 (1832).
2. Musa gigantea C. E. O. Kuntze, Revisio Generum Plantarum 2: 691 (1891).
3. Musa calosperma F. J. H. von Mueller, Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 10: 355 (1885) and Gardeners' Chronicle series 3, 20: 369 & 467 fig. 85 (1896).
4. Musa wilsonii W. J. Tutcher, Gardeners' Chronicle series 3, 32: 450 [fig. 151: 451] (1902), and Revue Horticole 34 (1903).
5. Ensete calospermum (F. J. H. von Mueller) E. E. Cheesman, Kew Bulletin 2 (2): 102 (1947).
6. Ensete wilsonii (W. J. Tutcher) E. E. Cheesman, Kew Bulletin 2 (2): 103 (1947).
7. Musa agharkarii A. K. Chakravorti, Journal of the Indian botanical Society 27 (2): 93 (1948).
8. Ensete giganteum (C. E. O. Kuntze) T. Nakai, Bulletin of the Tokyo Science Museum 22: 12 (1948).
9. Ensete nepalensis (N. Wallich) E. E. Cheesman, err. cal. N. W. Simmonds, Kew Bulletin 14 (2): 212 (1960).
10. Ensete agharkarii (A. K. Chakravorti) D. K. Hore, B. D. Sharma & G. Pandey, Journal of economic and taxonomic Botany 16 (2): 447-455 (1992).
Authorities Sources for the accepted name are Cheesman 1947a and Simmonds 1960.

Sources of synonymy are as follows:

1. from Hara et al 1978, Hotta 1989 and Flora Xizangica
2 & 8. from Hotta 1989 (but see comments at Musa gigantea)
3, 4, 5 & 6. from Simmonds 1960
7 & 10. from Rao & Hajra 1976
9. from Hara et al 1978, Hotta 1989, Simmonds 1960 (but see comments at Ensete nepalensis)

The World Checklist of Monocotyledons gives Musa glauca Roxb., Pl. Coromandel 3: 96 (1820) as a synonym of Ensete glaucum (Roxb.) Cheesman, Kew Bull. 2: 101 (1947 publ. 1948) which is listed as an accepted name.

Section
Distribution Myanmar (Burma, where the original collection was made by Roxburgh when it was part of India sensu lato).
Description Trunk 10 - 12 ft. long, 6 - 8 in. in diameter, not suckering. Leaves 4 - 5 ft. long, pale and glaucous, shortly stalked. Inflorescence drooping from the base. Perianth about 1 in. long, with three loosely coherent, linear segments. Free petal small, three-cuspidate. Fruit oblong, 4 - 5 in. long, 1 in. in diameter. Seeds smooth, globose, nearly black, in. in diameter.

(Fawcett 1913).

References Argent 1976: 82, Backer 1924, Baker 1893: 209-210, Baker 1894a, Blanco 1845, Chakravorti 1951, Champion 1967: 40, Cheesman 1947a: 101, De Wildeman 1912, Fawcett 1913: 266, GRIN, Hara et al 1978, Hotta 1989, Howes 1928, IBPGR, Kurz 1877: 161 & 165, Mobot Tropicos, Quisumbing 1919, Rao & Hajra 1976: 208-209, Reynolds 1927 (illus.), Sagot 1887: 329, Schumann 1912, Simmonds 1956, Simmonds 1960: 205, von Mueller 1896.
Comments Roxburgh's description of Musa glauca from the 1832 edition of Flora Indica is at http://www.botanicus.org/page/790101   

See discussion at Ensete glaucum.

Images:

The illustration of Musa glauca that Roxburgh commissioned for Flora Indica is available via http://www.kew.org/floraIndica/home.do

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