Musa ingrata

Musa ingrata
T. Nakai, Bull. Tokyo Sci. Mus., No. 22. II: 13 (1948).

Accepted name none - an undetermined cultivated banana
Authorities Nakai himself gives the local name.

The World Checklist of Monocotyledons lists Musa ingrata Nakai, Bull. Tokyo Sci. Mus. 22: 12 (1948) as an unplaced name.

Description "Pisang Rengang (means spread-fingered banana) belongs to a lowest class which can be eaten raw.  Plant is dark green and very pruinose.  Its axis of inflorescence stretches nearly horizontally, and its flowers and fruits spread open like the leaves of bamboo do, from which it received the name of Pisang Rengang.  The origin of this banana is quite unknown, and belongs to rather rare garden banana".

from Nakai 1948

References Index Kewensis, Nakai 1948 : 13.
Comments This is one of several Indonesian banana cultivars given a spurious species name by Takenosin Nakai.  There is a similarly named 'Pisang rendang' which is usually considered a cooking banana.

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