Musa lushanensis J. L. Liu, Acta Botanica Yunnanica. 11 (2) : 171 (1989).
Accepted name Musa basjoo P. F. (B.) von Siebold ex Y. Iinuma, Sintei Somoku dzusetsu [Illustrations and Descriptions of Plants] ed. 2, 3: pl. 1 (1874) et J. G. Baker Curtis's Botanical Magazine t. 7182 (1891). Synonyms Authorities Liu et al 2000.
The World Checklist of Monocotyledons lists Musa lushanensis J.L.Liu, Acta Bot. Yunnan. 11: 171 (1989) as a synonym and Musa basjoo Siebold, Verh. Batav. Genootsch. Kunsten 12: 18 (1830) as an accepted name.
Section Eumusa (Musa) 1 Distribution China (Yunnan) Description References Index Kewensis, Liu et al 2000, Mobot Tropicos, Wu 1997. Comments This plant was originally described in 1989 as "Musa lushanensis J. L. Liu, Acta Bot. Yunnan. 11: 171. 1989. Syn. nov. TYPE: China. Sichuan: Lushan Xian, Shuangshixiang, 700 m, 3 Oct. 1987, J. L. Liu & Z. H. Tang 181 (holotype, XIAS)".
Then in 1997 Wu Te-lin reduced it to synonymy with Musa balbisiana stating considering that it was "indistinguishable from M. balbisiana in almost all aspects of bracts, fruit, and seeds. The slight differences given by the author can be observed within M. balbisiana and, therefore, do not support the recognition of this variant as an independent species".
Most recently, Liu et al studied herbarium material of Musa lushanensis and now consider it to be identical with Musa basjoo. They consider Wu's analysis to have been flawed. Liu et al 200 is at http://ejournal.sinica.edu.tw/bbas/content/2002/1/bot431-09.html. This serves to highlight that Musa basjoo is a Chinese plant and not from Japan.
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