Musa jaheri

Musa jaheri
T. Nakai, Bulletin of the Tokyo Science Museum. No. 22. II: 17 (1948).

Accepted name none - an undetermined cultivated banana

The World Checklist of Monocotyledons lists Musa jaheri Nakai, Bull. Tokyo Sci. Mus. 22: 18 (1948) as an accepted name.

Distribution Borneo (Kalimantan)
Description Nakai keys out this plant as follows:

Ovarium triloculare
  Ovarium sine columna centrali
    Ovula in quoque loculo ovarii longitudine 2-serialia [ ]
      Ovula in placentis axillaribus biserialia
        Spica declinata vel subhorizontali patens
          Bracteae supra axin inflorescentiae 3-seriali dextrorsim spirali collocatae
            Flores faeminei biseriales in bractea 10 - 30, ovario 4 - 5 angulato
              Flores masculi vel hermaphroditi bene evoluti [ ],semper biseriales
                Placenta axillaria haud bene evoluta cum ovulis longitudine biseralibus
                - Subgen. Eumusa Baker, sensu diversa
                 Flores basals faeminei fertiles fructus veros formantes
                   Axis inflorescentiae velutina
                     - Sect. Paradisiacae
                       Folia subtus pruinosa
                         Pseudocaulis elatior 3 - 7 m. altus.
                           Folia longitudine 4 - 6-plo superantia
                             - Subsect. Eu-Paradisiacae

The subgenera, section and subsection referred to above are of Nakai's own devising.

References Index Kewensis, Nakai 1948: 18.
Comments Takenosin Nakai says of this in his idiosyncratic English; "This banana has been found by the late native foreman JAHERI in Poeto[ ]sibouw of Mid-Borneo.  By the spreading flowers and fruits it seems to approach to Musa ingrata, but has no central axis in the ovary. JAHERI is said to have been cleverest foreman the Buitenzorg Botanical Garden ever had, and Mr. Bruggeman, curator of the garden, told me that he was greater than the addition of ATIEH and IRSAN, most distinguished foremen at present. JAHERI passed in his seventieth about ten years ago. The nomenclature after his name must be the first example that the name of Indonesian was crowned to a new species".

No doubt Nakai made a genuine attempt to commemorate Jaheri but with an inadequate description and no type identified I do not see how the WCM can accept the name.

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