Musa ruandensis E. A. J. De Wildeman, Bull. Jard. Bot. Bruxelles 8: 111 (1923).
Accepted name Ensete ventricosum (F. M. J. Welwitsch) E. E. Cheesman, Kew Bulletin 2 (2): 104 (1947) and R. E. D. Baker & N. W. Simmonds, Kew Bulletin 8 (3): 405 (1953) with correction in Kew Bulletin 8 (4): 574 (1953). Synonyms Ensete ruandense (E. A. J. De Wildeman) E. E. Cheesman, Kew Bulletin 2 (2): 104 (1947) Authorities The authority for the accepted name is Baker & Simmonds 1953 as corrected (see below).
The synonym is from Cheesman 1947a.
The World Checklist of Monocotyledons gives Musa ruandensis De Wild., Bull. Jard. Bot. État 8: 111 (1923) as a synonym of Ensete ruandense (De Wild.) Cheesman, Kew Bull. 2: 104 (1947 publ. 1948) itself a synonym of Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman, Kew Bull. 2: 101 (1947 publ. 1948) which is listed as an accepted name.
Section Distribution Rwanda Description References Aluka, Baker & Simmonds 1953: 414 & 574, Champion 1967: 42, Cheesman 1947a : 104. Comments This was one of a number of African Musa transferred to Ensete by Cheesman in his 1947 paper reviving the genus Ensete. It was later reduced to a synonym of Ensete ventricosum by Baker & Simmonds 1953 as corrected (please refer to R. E. D. Baker & N. W. Simmonds, Kew Bulletin 8 (4): 574 (1953)). It is now recognised that there are no wild Musa native to Africa, only Ensete.
Champion lists this as Musa ruandense and the page number Champion cites in De Wildeman looks like a Roman 3 (III) when it should be 111.
Type: cultivated at Kisantu (D. R. Congo) by J. Gillet from seed collected in Rwanda by Durand (May 1923); in Herbarium at Brussels.
There are two external images of Musa ruandensis at the Aluka website http://www.aluka.org.
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