Musa nagensium

Musa nagensium
D. Prain, Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, 73 (2): 22 (1904).

Accepted name Musa nagensium D. Prain, Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, 73 (2): 22 (1904).
Synonyms
Authorities Cheesman 1949a, Simmonds 1960.

The World Checklist of Monocotyledons lists Musa nagensium Prain, J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, Pt. 2, Nat. Hist. 73: 21 (1904) as an accepted name.

Section Eumusa (Musa) 2
Distribution India (Naga mountains, Assam).
Description Trunk 20 ft. and more, suckering. Leaves 10 ft. long, glaucous beneath. Inflorescence drooping. Bracts oblong-lanceolate, lower 8 - 10 in. long, 4 in. broad, uppermost 6 - 7 in. long, nearly 3 in. broad, "Indian red" outside, bright shining orange inside, each enclosing 18 - 20 flowers in two rows. Perianth orange-coloured, 2 in. long, in. broad, four-lobed; free petal ovate-lanceolate, over 1 in. long, acute. Fruit angled, 5 - 6 in. long, stalked, not recurved. Seeds nearly in. long, 1/3 in. broad.

(Fawcett 1913).

References Cheesman 1949f, Fawcett 1913 : 266, Novak 1992, Rao 1994, Simmonds 1960.
Comments This is a very beautiful banana with a very dark purple-red pseudostem very waxy around the shoulders. The abaxial surface of the leaves has a dark red midrib and the lamina is so waxy as to appear almost white.

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