Musa rosea

Musa rosea J. G. Baker, Annals of Botany (Oxford) 7: 221 (1893) and M. Häkkinen, Novon 16 (4): 492 – 496 (2006).

Accepted name

Musa rosea J. G. Baker, Annals of Botany 7: 221 (1893).


Musa angcorensis F. Gagnepain, Bulletin de la Societé Botanique de France 54 (4) : 412-413 (1907).

Authorities Häkkinen 2006

The World Checklist of Monocotyledons lists Musa rosea Baker, Ann. Bot. (Oxford) 7: 221 (1893) as an accepted name.
Distribution India?
Description "Habit of M. coccinea, but leaves much shorter and broader in proportion to length, thin, green, about a foot long by half as broad, deltoid at the base and apex ; petiole deeply channelled, nearly as long as the blade. Panicle short, erect ; rachis pubescent, not flexuose ; bracts pale red ; lower lanceolate, half a foot long ; flowers 2 - 3 in a cluster. Calyx an inch long ; petal as long as the calyx. Fruit and seeds not seen".

(Baker 1893).

References Argent 1984, Baker 1893 : 221, Champion 1967 : 42, Cheesman 1949h : 25-26, Fawcett 1913 : 271, Häkkinen 2006, Häkkinen 2007.
Comments Abstract from Häkkinen 2006.

Since the 19th century, the taxonomic identity of Musa rosea Baker has been uncertain to most botanists. Review of the history and descriptions of M. rosea based on the work of different scientists from 1893 to the present was done to establish its true identity. Musa angcorenis Gagnepain has been even more obscure since the early 20th century. The aim of this study was to clarify the taxonomic history, identity, and the synonymy of M. angcorensis and M. rosea, with M. angcorensis determined to be a synonym of M. rosea. A lectotype of M. rosea is designated here, and M. angcorensis is synonymized to M. rosea.

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