Musa simiarum var. violacea
Musa simiarum var. violacea W. S. Kurz, J. Agr. Hort. Soc. Ind. 14: 298 (1866).
Musa acuminata L. A. Colla, Memoria della Reale Accademia delle Scienze di Torino 25 : 384 (1820). [Memoria sul genere Musa e monografia del Medesimo 66 (1820).] and E. E. Cheesman, Kew Bulletin 3 (1): 22 (1948).
Synonyms Authorities Cheesman 1948b Section Distribution Description
"Stem blackish purple, leaves blackish-purple spotted, purplish beneath; flowers dirty purple; fruits 5 - 3 angled, with a thick and obtuse beak, purple, many seeded (or in the cultivated form seedless).
Of this variety only one cultivated form has occurred to me with purple or red fruits of an excellent quality called Peesang teembaga or P. hoorang by the Malays (copper or crab plantain)".
from Kurz 1866 : 297.
References Cheesman 1948b : 19, Kurz 1866 : 297. Comments Cheesman notes that there can be no doubt that Kurz's variety violacea is a form of the polymorphic Musa acuminata.
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