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Musella lasiocarpa

Musella lasiocarpa (*)

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Zingiberales

Familia: Musaceae
Genus: Musella
Species: Musella lasiocarpa

Musella lasiocarpa (Franch.) H.W.Li, Acta Phytotax. Sin. 16(3): 56. 1978.

Musa lasiocarpa Franch., Morot, Journ. de Bot. 3. 329. 1889.

Musella splendida R.V.Valmayor & L.D.Danh, Philipp. Agric. Sci. 87(1): 118. 2004.


Constantine, D. & Rossel, G. 1999 onwards. The Musaceae. An annotated list of the species of Ensete, Musa and Musella. 2009 Mar 07 [1].

Musella lasiocarpa (syn. Musa lasiocarpa), commonly known as Chinese dwarf banana, golden lotus banana or Chinese yellow banana, is the sole species in the genus Musella.[2] It is thus a close relative of bananas, and also a member of the family Musaceae. The plant is native to the Yunnan province in China, where it grows high in the mountains up to an altitude of 2500 m. It is known for its erect, yellow pseudostems (see image), generally appearing during the second year of cultivation, that can last a few months. Just before opening, the yellow, flower-like pseudostem resembles a lotus - from which the plant gets one of its names.

Under its synonym Musa lasiocarpa, this plant has won the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4] It can be grown outside, but requires protection from freezing temperatures.
Musella lasiocarpa at Hampton Court Flower Show.jpg

"Musella lasiocarpa (Franch.) C.Y.Wu ex H.W.Li". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
"Musella (Franch.) C.Y.Wu ex H.W.Li", Plants of the World Online, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2019-01-19
Musa lasiocarpa (the basionym of Ensete lasiocarpum) was originally described and published in Journal de Botanique (Morot) 3(20): 330–331, f. 1. 1889. "Name - Musa lasiocarpa Franch". Tropicos. MOBOT. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
"Musa lasiocarpa". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 3 January 2021.

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