Musa griersonii

Musa griersonii
H. J. Noltie, Edinburgh Journal of Botany 51: 171 (1994).

Accepted name Musa griersonii H. J. Noltie, Edinburgh Journal of Botany 51: 171 (1994).
Synonyms ? Musa paradisiaca subsp. seminifera var. dubia G. King ex K. M. Schumann
? Musa sapientum var. dubia (G. King ex K. M. Schumann) A. M. Cowan & J. M. Cowan
Authorities The accepted name and the synonymy is according to Noltie, although the question marks are his not mine.

The World Checklist of Monocotyledons lists Musa griersonii Noltie, Edinburgh J. Bot. 51: 171 (1994) as an accepted name.

Section Eumusa (Musa) 2?
Distribution Bhutan: S - Sarbhang district (above Jhogi Dhanra, 1 I km above Sarbhang on Chirang road). Subtropical forest slopes, 740m. FI./fr. March.
Description Pseudostem c. 3m, marked with purplish-brown. Petiole to 50cm, lower part glaucous, dark purple on abaxial side, margins developed into horizontally spreading, green wings. Leaves scarcely spreading, blades oblong, base rounded, 2 - 2.5m, glaucous beneath at least when young; midrib blackish-purple beneath. Male bracts deciduous, recurving at tip, dark reddish-purple outside, inside pinkish with cream margins. Male bud elongate, acute. Male flowers: compound tepal c. 4.5 x l cm, orange-yellow, teeth to 4mm; free tepal c. 2 cm; stamens shorter than compound tepal. Female flowers borne in 7 or more hands, each of 22 or more flowers borne in 2 rows on small callosities; compound tepal pinkish-cream, c. 3.5 cm, teeth c. 4 mm, free tepal c. 2.5 cm, staminodes 5, shorter than free tepal.

from Noltie 1994b.

References Cowan & Cowan 1929, Noltie 1994a, Noltie 1994b
Comments Noltie comments that this is a very distinctive species known only from a single gathering.

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