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Taxon: Musa acuminata Colla

Genus: Musa section: Musa
Family: Musaceae
Nomen number: 24706
Place of publication: Mem. Reale Accad. Sci. Torino 25:394. 1820 (Mem. gen. Musa 66)
  • or Musa AA, AAA, and AAAA Groups
  • non-hybrid forms of edible bananas
Name verified on: 23-May-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 18-Nov-2009
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Mayaguez (MAY).
Accessions: 132 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • banana   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • Cavendish banana   (Source: F Viti [as M. nana]) – English
  • Chinese banana   (Source: F Viti [as M. nana]) – English
  • dwarf banana   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • taw-byaw   (Source: Kew Bull 11:469.) – Transcribed Burmese   [Musa acuminata subsp. burmannica]
  • bananier   (Source: C. Feuillet, p.c.) – French
  • bananier nain   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • Banane   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German
  • Zwergbanane   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • pisang batu   (Source: Pl Res SEAs 18:130.) – Indonesian
  • gedang klutuk   (Source: Pl Res SEAs 18:130.) – Indonesian (Java)
  • pisang utan   (Source: Kew Bull 11:466.) – Malay   [Musa acuminata subsp. malaccensis]
  • banana-nanica   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • nanicão   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • plátano   (Source: Spanish Dict ) – Spanish
  • cau batu   (Source: Pl Res SEAs 18:130.) – Sudanese
  • ädelbanan   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish
  • bitoki   (Source: Bananas ) – Uganda
  • bungulan   (Source: F Philipp ) – unknown

Economic importance:

  • Food additives: flavoring   (fide Pl Res SEAs 18:130. 2000)
  • Human food: beverage base   (botanical name of some diploid & triploid forms of cultivated sweet bananas with genome only of M. acuminata fide Baileya 5:170. 1957; Food Feed Crops US)
  • Human food: fruit   (fide Pl Res SEAs 18:130. 2000)
  • Human food: vegetable   (fide Pl Res SEAs 18:130. 2000)
  • Gene sources: primary genetic relative of A-genome bananas   (fide Pl Res SEAs 18:130. 2000)
  • Materials: wax   (fide Pl Res SEAs 18:130. 2000)
  • Materials: wrapping   (fide Pl Res SEAs 18:130. 2000)

Distributional range:

    China: China - Guangxi [w.], Yunnan [s.e.]
    Indian Subcontinent: India [s.]; Sri Lanka
    Indo-China: Indochina; Myanmar; Thailand
    Malesia: Indonesia; Malaysia; Philippines

    East Tropical Africa: Tanzania - Pemba [natzd.?]

  • widely cultivated




Check other web resources for Musa acuminata Colla:

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (26 May 2015)

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