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Taxon: Musa basjoo Siebold & Zucc. ex Iinuma

Genus: Musa section: Musa
Family: Musaceae
Nomen number: 24710
Place of publication: Sintei Somoku dzusetsu ed. 2, 3: t. 1. 1874 (Siebold, Verh. Batav. Genootsch. Kunsten 12:18. 1830, nom. nud.)
Comment: lack of valid publication by Siebold verified from original literature
Name verified on: 27-Feb-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 07-Jan-2014
No species priority site assigned.


Common names:

  • Japanese banana   (Source: Dict Gard ) – English
  • Japanese fibre banana   (Source: Krussmann ) – English
  • ba jiao   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • japanische Faserbanane   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • bashō   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Japanese Rōmaji

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    China: China [s.]

    Eastern Asia: Japan - Ryukyu Islands

    China: China
    Eastern Asia: Japan
    North America

  • exact native range obscure


  • Charlotte Lusty et al. 2006. Global conservation strategy for Musa (banana and plantain).
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences. 1959–. Flora reipublicae popularis sinicae. [lists as M. basjoo Siebold & Zucc.].
  • Constantine, D. The genus Musa - an annotated list of species (on-line resource). ["Musa basjoo is not the Japanese Fibre Banana. Musa basjoo is not from the Liu Kiu Islands and not from Japan, it is a Chinese species"].
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2002. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 17. Auflage. [lists as M. basjoo Siebold].
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2008. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen.
  • Govaerts, R. World checklist of selected plant families (on-line resource).
  • Hanelt, P., ed. 2001. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6.
  • Häkkinen, M. & H. Väre. 2008. Typification and check-list of Musa L. names (Musaceae) with nomenclatural notes. Adansonia sér. 3, 30:98. [lists as M. basjoo Siebold & Zucc.].
  • Häkkinen, M. 2013. Reappraisal of sectional taxonomy in Musa (Musaceae). Taxon 62:809–813.
  • Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. [lists as M. basjoo Siebold & Zucc.].
  • Krüssmann, G. 1984. Manual of cultivated broad-leaved trees and shrubs (English translation of Handbuch der Laubgehölze. 1976).
  • Li, L.-F. et al. 2010. Molecular phylogeny and systematics of the banana family (Musaceae) inferred from multiple nuclear and chloroplast DNA fragments, with a special reference to the genus Musa. Molec. Phylogenet. Evol. 57:1–10.
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third. [lists as M. basjoo Siebold & Zucc. ex Iinuma].
  • Liu, A.-Z. et al. 2002. Taxonomic notes on wild bananas (Musa) from China. Bot. Bull. Acad. Sin. 43:80. [lists as M. basjoo Siebold].
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker. 2000. Herbs of commerce, ed. 2.
  • Moore, H. E., Jr. 1957. Musa and Ensete the cultivated bananas. Baileya 5:179. [lists as M. basjoo Siebold & Zucc. ex Iinuma].
  • Ploetz, R. C. et al. 2007. Banana and plantain - an overview with emphasis on Pacific island cultivars. Musaceae (banana family). Pp. 3–27 in: Elevitch, C. R., ed., The traditional tree initiative: species profiles for Pacific Island agroforestry (on-line resource).
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  • Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants.
  • Walters, S. M. et al., eds. 1986–. European garden flora. [lists as M. basjoo Siebold].
  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. 1994–. Flora of China (English edition). [lists as M. basjoo Siebold & Zucc.].

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