Musa tomentosa

Musa tomentosa O. Warburg ex K. M. Schumann in Pflanzenr. (Engler), IV, 45: 22 (1912).

Accepted name none - an undetermined possibly wild banana

The World Checklist of Monocotyledons lists Musa tomentosa Warb. ex K.Schum. in H.G.A.Engler (ed.), Pflanzenr., IV, 45: 22 (1900) as an accepted name.

Distribution Celebes.
Description In Engler's Das Pflanzenreich, Schumann comments on two collection of Warburg from Celebes as follows:

28. M. tomentosa Warb. n. sp. (1900) Folia non exstantia; rachis inflorescentiae griseo-ferruginea tomentosa; perigonium 4 cm longum; tepalum liberum late ovautum 2 cm longum cuspidato-acuminatum; bacca 12 cm longum subangulata rostrata basi crasse pedicllata.
Noordcelebes: Minhassa, bei Bojong (Warburg n. 15741).
29. M. celebica Warb. n. sp. (1900) Bacca haud rostrata a praecedente differt.
Noordcelebes: Bojong (Warburg n. 15742).

Fawcett's description from Schumann's text is as follows:

17. M. tomentosa Warb ex K. Schum. Stalk of the inflorescence covered with greyish-brown minute velvety hairs. Perianth 1 in. long; free tepal in. long, broadly ovate, cuspidate-acuminate. Fruit about 5 in. long, beaked, somewhat angled, with a short thick stalk. Celebes.
18. M. celebica Warb ex K. Schum. Like the preceding, but fruit not beaked.

Warburg's specimens were presumably destroyed in the Berlin herbarium during WWII.

References Fawcett 1913 : 268, Index Kewensis, Nakai 1948 : 14, Schumann 1912, Uphof 1968.
Comments Takenosin Nakai comments that M. tomentosa and M. celebica belong to one "species" and that the latter should be reduced to the former.

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