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Taxon: Musa laterita Cheesman

Genus: Musa section: Musa
Family: Musaceae
Nomen number: 460096
Place of publication: Kew Bull. 1949:265. 1949
Name verified on: 18-Nov-2009 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 09-Jun-2015
No species priority site assigned.
Accessions: 1 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.

Common names:

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: potential as ornamental   (fide Euphytica 184:359. 2012)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of banana   (based on probable crosses with edible Musa fide Crop Breed Appl Biot 1:414. 2001)

Distributional range:

    Indian Subcontinent: India [n.e.]
    Indo-China: Myanmar; Thailand


  • Häkkinen, M. & H. Väre. 2008. Typification and check-list of Musa L. names (Musaceae) with nomenclatural notes. Adansonia sér. 3, 30:81.
  • Häkkinen, M. 2001. Musa laterita: an ornamental banana. Fruit Gard. 33(4):6–7.
  • Häkkinen, M. 2013. Reappraisal of sectional taxonomy in Musa (Musaceae). Taxon 62:810. [as member of sect. Musa].
  • Joe, A. et al. 2013. Musa laterita Cheesman (Musaceae): A new record for India from the wild, with a key to the Musa (Section Rhodochlamys) in India. Folia Malaysiana 14:37–44.
  • 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.
  • Ortiz, R. 1997. Occurrence and inheritance of 2n pollen in Musa. Ann. Bot. (Oxford) 79:449–453. [it found this species to be a non-2n pollen producer].
  • Ortiz, R. 2011. Chapter 6. Musa. Pp. 97–128 in: Kole, C., ed., Wild crop relatives: genomic and breeding resources, tropical and subtropical fruits. [it comments that "species in the section Callimusa and Rhodochlamys are of ornamental interest only, as the characteristic of fruit parthenocarpy is absent"].
  • 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).
  • de Oliveira e Silva, S. et al. 2001. Banana breeding at Embrapa. Crop Breed. Appl. Biotechnol. 1:399–436.
  • de Souza, E. H. et al. 2012. Genetic variability of banana with ornamental potential. Euphytica 184:355–367.

Check other web resources for Musa laterita Cheesman:

  • 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 other web resources for images:

  • 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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