Musa luteola

Musa luteola
J. L. Liu, Investigatio et Studium Naturae 10 : 41, f. 1 (1990).

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).
Authorities Liu et al 2000.

The World Checklist of Monocotyledons lists Musa luteola J.L.Liu, Invest. Stud. Nat. 10: 41 (1990) as a synonym and Musa basjoo Siebold, Verh. Batav. Genootsch. Kunsten 12: 18 (1830) as an accepted name.

Section Eumusa (Musa) 1
References Mobot Tropicos, Liu et al 2000, Wu 1997.
Comments This plant was originally described in 1987 as "Musa luteola J. L. Liu, Invest. & Stud. Nat. 10: 41. 1990. Syn. nov. TYPE: China. Sichuan: Yaan, Lushan Xian, Shuangshixiang, 700 m, 3 Oct. 1987, J. L. Liu & Z. H. Tang 180 (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 luteola and now consider it to be identical with Musa basjoo. They consider Wu's analysis to be flawed.  Liu et al 2000 is at  This serves to highlight that Musa basjoo is a Chinese plant and not from Japan.

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