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Taxon: Musa balbisiana Colla

Genus: Musa
Section: Musa
Family: Musaceae
Nomen number: 24708
Place of publication: Mem. Reale Accad. Sci. Torino 25:384. 1820 (Mem. gen. Musa 56)
Link to protologue: https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/7653357
  • • [or Musa BB and BBB Groups]
  • • non-hybrid forms of edible plantains
  • • the rejected name M. rosacea Jacq., nom. utique rej., which has priority no longer threatens this name
Name Verified on: 23-May-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 10-Dec-2018
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Mayaguez (MAY)
Accessions: 5 (3 active, 1 available) in National Plant Germplasm System


Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Animal food: forage (for pigs)
  • Human food:
  • Materials: wrapping (leaves as wrapping material in Malaysia & Thailand)

Distributional Range:


    • CHINA: China [Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan (w.)]

    • INDIAN SUBCONTINENT: India (n.e.), Nepal, Sri Lanka
    • PAPUASIA: Papua New Guinea
    • INDO-CHINA: India, [Andaman and Nicobar] Myanmar, Thailand
    • MALESIA: Indonesia, [Java] Malaysia, Philippines


    • PAPUASIA: New Guinea
    • INDO-CHINA: Thailand
    • MALESIA: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines

    Other (exact native range obscure owing to extensive cult.)


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Check other web resources for Musa balbisiana Colla :

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas 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.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2018. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=24708. Accessed 12 December 2018.