Musa martretiana

Musa martretiana
A. J. B. Chevalier, Bull. Soc. Acclim. Paris: 79 (1907) nomen and Rev. Bot. Appl. Agric. Trop. 14: 507 (1934).
Musa martreti A. J. B. Chevalier, ex Tribune Hortic. 3: 38 (1908).

Accepted name none - nomen nudum
Synonyms ? Ensete gilletii (E. A. J. De Wildeman) E. E. Cheesman
Authorities That there is no accepted name is from Baker & Simmonds 1953 and Hepper 1968.

The synonym is from GRIN but see comments.

The World Checklist of Monocotyledons lists Musa martretiana A.Chev., Rev. Bot. Appl. Agric. Trop. 14: 507 (1934) as a synonym and Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman, Kew Bull. 2: 101 (1947 publ. 1948) as the accepted name.

References Baker & Simmonds 1953, Cheesman 1947 : 103, GRIN, Hepper 1968, Hutchinson & Dalziel 1936.
Comments Baker and Simmonds reject Musa martretiana A. J. B. Chevalier as nomen nudum and this is accepted by Hepper so that should be the end of that. However, the name Musa martretiana has been associated with two Ensete species, E. schweinfurthii and Ensete gilletii. This seems to have been based on a confusion by Hutchinson & Dalziel 1936.

GRIN gives Musa martretiana as a "valid" synonym of Ensete gilletii, but I do not think this is correct.

From Cheesman 1947:

"Musa martreti A. Chev. ex Tribune Hortic. 3 (1908), 38, (reference not seen by me) is apparently nomen nudum and probably written in error for M. martretiana."

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