Musa minor

Musa minor
T. Nakai, Bulletin of the Tokyo Science Museum. No. 22. II: 11 & 18 (1948).

Accepted name Musa (AA group) 'Pisang Mas'


Musa acuminata L. A. Colla, Memoria della Reale Accademia delle Scienze di Torino 25 : 384 (1820). [Memoria sul genere Musa e monografia del Medesimo 66 (1820).] and E. E. Cheesman, Kew Bulletin 3 (1): 22 (1948).

Authorities Inferred from Nakai using the genome nomenclature system.  Pisang Mas is a widespread cultivar in Malaysia & Indonesia (see Stover & Simmonds p. 113.)

The World Checklist of Monocotyledons gives Musa minor Nakai, Bull. Tokyo Sci. Mus. 22: 11 (1948) as a synonym of Musa x paradisiaca L., Sp. Pl.: 1043 (1753) which is listed as an accepted name.

Distribution Java
Description "Musa minor NAKAI. sp. nova (Pisang mas, meaning gold banana).
This banana has also not pruinose leaves but is characterized by the blackish stem. The fruits are smallest among banana and obtuse at the apex. The skin is about 2 mm. thick and the flesh is nice to eat. The inhabitants of Java and Bali offer this banana to the divine spirit whenever they make prayer. And also use to decorate the table of mariage ceremony. There is a variety with paller stem. It is known-n as Lady's Finger Banana in Australia and Hawaii and King Banana in Ceylon. First imigrants of Bonin Islands brought it from Hawaii under the name of King Banana, and even at present Bonin banana is represented by this kind only."

(from Nakai 1948).

References Hotta 1989, Index Kewensis, Stover & Simmonds 1987 : 113.

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