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Taxon: Musa basjoo Siebold 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.)
Link to protologue:
Comment: lack of valid publication by Siebold verified from original literature [https://archive.org/details/synopsisplantar00siebgoog/page/n40]
Name Verified on: 27-Feb-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 1 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • Japanese banana  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • bashō  (Source: Mansf Ency) - Japanese Rōmaji
  • ba jiao  (Source: F ChinaEng) - Transcribed Chinese

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental; ornamental; ornamental
  • Medicines: folklore

Distributional Range:


    • CHINA: China (s.)


    • CHINA: China
    • EASTERN ASIA: Japan

    • Europe

    Northern America
    • North America


    • EASTERN ASIA: Japan [Ryukyu Islands]

    Other (exact native range obscure)


  1. Chinese Academy of Sciences. 1959-. Flora reipublicae popularis sinicae. Note: lists as Musa basjoo Siebold & Zucc.
  2. Constantine, D. R. 2007. The truth about Musa basjoo. URL: http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~drc/the_truth_about_musa_basjoo.htm target='_blank'
  3. Constantine, D. The genus Musa - an annotated list of species (on-line resource). Note: "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."
  4. Erhardt, W. et al. 2002. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 17. Auflage Note: lists as Musa basjoo Siebold
  5. Erhardt, W. et al. 2008. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen
  6. Govaerts, R. World checklist of selected plant families (on-line resource).
  7. Häkkinen, M. & H. Väre. 2008. Typification and check-list of Musa L. names (Musaceae) with nomenclatural notes. Adansonia sér. 3, 30:98. Note: lists as Musa basjoo Siebold & Zucc.
  8. Häkkinen, M. 2013. Reappraisal of sectional taxonomy in Musa (Musaceae). Taxon 62:809-813.
  9. Hanelt, P., ed. 2001. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6
  10. Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening Note: lists as Musa basjoo Siebold & Zucc.
  11. Krüssmann, G. 1984. Manual of cultivated broad-leaved trees and shrubs (English translation of Handbuch der Laubgehölze. 1976)
  12. 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.
  13. Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third. Note: lists as Musa basjoo Siebold & Zucc. ex Iinuma
  14. Liu, A.-Z. et al. 2002. Taxonomic notes on wild bananas (Musa) from China. Bot. Bull. Acad. Sin. 43:80. Note: lists as Musa basjoo Siebold
  15. McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker. 2000. Herbs of commerce, ed. 2 American Herbal Products Association, Silver Spring, Maryland.
  16. Moore, H. E., Jr. 1957. Musa and Ensete the cultivated bananas. Baileya 5:179. Note: lists as Musa basjoo Siebold & Zucc. ex Iinuma
  17. Personal Care Products Council. INCI
  18. Ploetz, R. C. et al. 2007. Banana and plantain - an overview with emphasis on Pacific island cultivars. Musaceae (banana family). The traditional tree initiative: species profiles for Pacific Island agroforestry (on-line resource). 3-27. Note: Permanent Agriculture Resources (PAR), Holualoa, Hawai'i\; http://www.traditionaltree.org/
  19. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  20. Walters, S. M. et al., eds. 1986-2000. European garden flora. Note: lists as Musa basjoo Siebold
  21. Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. 1994-. Flora of China (English edition). Note: lists as Musa basjoo Siebold & Zucc.

Check other web resources for Musa basjoo Siebold ex Iinuma :

  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program:
  • 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. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=24710. Accessed 8 August 2020.