Musa x odorata
Musa x odorata J. de Loureiro, Fl. Cochinch.: 644 (1790).
Accepted name none - a group of unidentified cultivated bananas
Musa x paradisiaca L., Species Plantarum : 1043 (1753).
Synonyms 1. Musa sapientum var. odorata (Loureiro) J. G. Baker, Ann. Bot. 7: 212 (1893).
2. Musa paradisiaca subsp. sapientum var. odorata (Lour.) K. Schumann in H. G. A. Engler (ed.), Pflanzenr., IV, 45: 20 (1900).
3. Musa paradisiaca subsp. sapientum
Authorities The synonyms are from:
1. Baker 1893
2. Schumann 1900
3. RHS 1956.
The World Checklist of Monocotyledons lists Musa x odorata Lour., Fl. Cochinch.: 644 (1790), Musa x sapientum var. odorata (Lour.) Baker, Ann. Bot. (Oxford) 7: 212 (1893) and Musa x paradisiaca var. odorata (Lour.) K.Schum. in H.G.A.Engler (ed.), Pflanzenr., IV, 45: 20 (1900) as synonyms and Musa x paradisiaca L., Sp. Pl.: 1043 (1753) as the accepted name.
Section Distribution Description Loureiro's original description of Musa odorata is at http://www.botanicus.org/page/654337. Three "varieties" are listed and "Musa Cenorins" brought into synonymy.
All three varieties are described as "odorato" or "odoro" by Loureiro.
References Baker 1893: 212, Schumann 1900 : 20, RHS 1956. Comments Published as Musa odorata the "x" is added to indicate its presumed hybridity. In this context Musa x paradisiaca is effectively the same as "an undetermined cultivated banana". This should not be read as implying that Musa x odorata is Musa (AAB group) 'French' plantain, Cheesman's identification of Musa x paradisiaca L. (Cheesman 1948).
Schumann lists this as a variety of Musa paradisiaca subsp. sapientum not as a variety of Musa paradisiaca as indicated by the WCM.
last updated 01/05/2008