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Taxon: Musa maclayi F. Muell. ex Mikl.-Maclay

Genus: Musa section: Callimusa
Family: Musaceae
Nomen number: 24725
Place of publication: Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 10:348. 1885
Name verified on: 27-Feb-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 09-Jun-2015
No species priority site assigned.


See also subordinate taxa:

Economic importance:

  • Gene sources: probable progenitor of Fe'i banana   (fide IPGRI-INIBAP 2006)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of Fe'i banana   (based on affinities to Fe'i bananas fide INIBAP ann Rep 2000:15-16. 2001)

Distributional range:

    Malesia: Papua New Guinea
    Southwestern Pacific: Solomon Islands [possibly]


  • Argent, G. C. G. 1976. The wild bananas of Papua New Guinea. Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 35:93.
  • Charlotte Lusty et al. 2006. Global conservation strategy for Musa (banana and plantain).
  • Govaerts, R. World checklist of selected plant families (on-line resource).
  • Häkkinen, M. & H. Väre. 2008. Typification and check-list of Musa L. names (Musaceae) with nomenclatural notes. Adansonia sér. 3, 30:83.
  • Häkkinen, M. 2013. Reappraisal of sectional taxonomy in Musa (Musaceae). Taxon 62:809–813.
  • Jarret, R. L. et al. 1992. RFLP-based phylogeny of Musa species in Papua New Guinea. Theor. Appl. Genet. 84:579–584. [it did not find support for the recognition of Musa maclayi as either the closest relative or progenitor of Fe'i bananas].
  • 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.
  • Sharrock, S. 2001. Diversity in the genus Musa. Focus on Australimusa. INIBAP. Networking Banana and Plantain. Annual Report. 14–19.
  • Ude, G. et al. 2002. Analysis of genetic diversity and sectional relationships in Musa using AFLP markers. Theor. Appl. Genet. 104:1239–1245. [it obtained a cluster of five of the six sect. Callimusa (as "Australimusa") samples; this group included M. lolodensis, M. troglodytarum (as M. fei), M. peekeli ssp. peekeli, M. textilis and M. maclayi].

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  • Google 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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Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
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