Musa sapientum

Musa sapientum L. Syst. Nat. ed. 10: 1303 (1759).

Accepted name Musa (AAB group) 'Silk fig'


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

Authorities The accepted name is after Cheesman 1948c.

The World Checklist of Monocotyledons gives Musa sapientum L., Syst. Nat. ed. 10: 1303 (1759) as a synonym of Musa paradisiaca subsp. sapientum (L.) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 692 (1891) which is itself a synonym of Musa paradisiaca L., Sp. Pl.: 1043 (1753) which is listed as the accepted name.

References Argent 1984, Burkill 1935, Cheesman 1948a, Cheesman 1948c, Cullen 1997, Fawcett 1913 : 263, Flora Guandong, Griffiths 1994, GRIN, Hotta 1989, Huxley 1992, Mobot Tropicos, RHS 1956, Sagot 1887 : 329, Stover & Simmonds 1987.
Comments Published as Musa sapientum 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 sapientum is Musa (AAB group) 'French' plantain, Cheesman's identification of Musa x paradisiaca L. (Cheesman 1948).

Linnaeus' entry for Musa sapietum in the 10th edition of his Systema Naturae of 1759 is at

"Musa sapientum is the most confounded and confusing combination in the whole literature of Musa" (Cheesman 1948a: 13).

more to follow...but for the time being see discussion at Musa paradisiaca.

Image of Musa sapientum by Georg Ehret at or via

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