Musa sundaica

Musa sundaica T. Nakai, Bull. Tokyo Sci. Mus., No. 22. II: 14 (1948).

Accepted name 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).

The World Checklist of Monocotyledons lists Musa sundaica Nakai, Bull. Tokyo Sci. Mus. 22: 9 (1948) as a synonym of Musa acuminata subsp. acuminata which is given as an accepted name.

References Index Kewensis, Nakai 1948 : 14.
Comments Takenosin Nakai gives the local (Sundanese) name as 'Tjau utan' or forest banana. He says of this in his idiosyncratic English, "the general habit of this banana resembles Musa malaccensis and Musa zebrina, but differs from the former by having the septal placenta and from the latter by the acute or roundish base, not dark striated on the upper surface, and greenish yet pruinose undersurface of the leaves. It is common in the forest of West and Central-Java. Natives use its leaves for wrappers and dishes, and the fibres for ropes. The fruits are full of seeds, being the food of monkeys."

The similarity to Musa malaccensis and Musa zebrina suggests that, like them, this is a form of Musa acuminata.

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