Musa x paradisiaca var. lunaris

Musa x paradisiaca var. lunaris J. G. A. Forster, De Plantis Esculentis Insulam Oceani Australis Commentatio Botanica: 32 (1786).

Accepted name none - an undetermined cultivated banana (Pisang Bulang-trang).


Musa x paradisiaca
L., Species Plantarum : 1043 (1753).


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 lunaris 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 lunaris is at,M1

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