Musa x paradisiaca var. dorsata
Musa x paradisiaca var. dorsata J. G. A. Forster, De Plantis Esculentis Insulam Oceani Australis Commentatio Botanica: 31 (1786).
Accepted name none - an unidentified cultivated banana (Pisang Swangi).
Musa x paradisiaca L., Species Plantarum : 1043 (1753).
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Georg Forster is not a major author in the Musaceae but, until his mention here, he has been a neglected one. Forster did little more than name 13 of the 16 bananas listed by Rumphius under the general heading Musa domestica; Rumphius gave binomial names to three of them himself. However, Forster was the first post-Linnean author to assign names to Rumphius' bananas and has some small significance as a result.
Forster published the name as Musa dorsata but the use of the binomial does not mean that he thought the plant was a true species. In fact Forster treated all 16 bananas as "varieties" of Linnaeus' Musa paradisiaca.
Forster's Musa dorsata is at
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