Difference between Musa cheesmani and M. nagensium

griphuz(z8b NL)August 22, 2006

Hi everyone,

I've got a young plant of Musa cheesmani and an aproximately same size M. nagensium here, and they look quite the same! Can anyone tell (or show) me any difference between the two species or show me how to differenciate them?

I've done some searching on this forum and on the german bananaforum but there seems to be an awful lot of confusion about the two species.

Thanks in advance!

Remko.

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tropicallvr(11)

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~drc/mnagensiumimages.htm
Here's a link to some pics of M.nagesium in kerala India. For some reason the pics aren't coming up in the middle of the screen, but there are also the same pics on the sunshine seeds website(German web site).
Those plants are really dark, and the leaves look less lance shaped than the ones I have.
After a year and a half mine look exactly the same, as were the seeds, and the thing is they look so distinct compared to other bananas. There might have been a mix up with the seeds/plant ID in India.
Someone else chimed in that there's reminded them of Musa initerans, so maybe there is one that is different than musa cheesmanii, but my M.nagesium 'Florie noir' looks the same(Bought from Ortanque seeds..if I remember correctly)

Here is a link that might be useful: M.nagesium

    Bookmark   August 23, 2006 at 5:44PM
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tropicallvr(11)

Where did you get your Musa nagensium?

    Bookmark   August 23, 2006 at 5:46PM
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mcrooke37(z7aTN)

I have both kinds of bananas. You place them side by side and you can't tell them apart. Some have the red midrib and some don't of both kinds. My largest cheesmani has the red midrib. It has around 4ft of psuedostem. Both of the psuedostems are blue purple. I have musa yunnanasis also and the psuedostems are darker and more purple on the cheesmani and nagensium.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2006 at 8:16PM
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tropicallvr(11)

Here's the info on Musa Cheesmani. It says the seeds are slightly flat and rough and warty.

Here is a link that might be useful: Musa cheesmani

    Bookmark   August 24, 2006 at 7:59PM
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tropicallvr(11)

Here's nagesuium.
That doesn't exactly clear things up, but it doesn't mention nagesium seed being warty.

Here is a link that might be useful: naga

    Bookmark   August 24, 2006 at 8:04PM
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