Musa jaheri T. Nakai, Bulletin of the Tokyo Science Museum. No. 22. II: 17 (1948).
Accepted name none - an undetermined cultivated banana Synonyms Authorities
The World Checklist of Monocotyledons lists Musa jaheri Nakai, Bull. Tokyo Sci. Mus. 22: 18 (1948) as an accepted name.
Section Distribution Borneo (Kalimantan) Description Nakai keys out this plant as follows:
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.
last updated 01/05/2008