Fe'i banana

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Fe'i bananas (also spelt Fehi or Féi) are cultivated plants in the genus Musa, used mainly for their fruit.wikipedia
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They are distinct in appearance and origin from the majority of bananas and plantains currently grown, which derive from different wild species. They are distinctly different from the much more common bananas and plantains derived from Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana.
This can extend to other members of the genus Musa, such as the scarlet banana (Musa coccinea), the pink banana (Musa velutina), and the Fe'i bananas.

Musa (genus)

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Fe'i bananas (also spelt Fehi or Féi) are cultivated plants in the genus Musa, used mainly for their fruit. All members of the genus Musa are tall herbaceous plants, typically around 3 – tall or even more.
M. × troglodytarum L. [A] – the cultivated Fe'i bananas

Musa maclayi

M. maclayi
On the basis of appearance (morphology), Musa maclayi, native to Papua New Guinea, has been proposed as a parent.
It is placed in section Callimusa (now including the former section Australimusa). It is regarded as one of the progenitors of the Fe'i banana cultivars.

Karat banana

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Karat type cultivars
Karat bananas are local cultivars of Fe'i banana found in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.

Musa lolodensis

M. lolodensis
More recent genetic studies suggest they are close to M. lolodensis and M. peekelii, both from New Guinea and neighbouring islands.
It is placed in section Callimusa (now including the former section Australimusa), having a diploid chromosome number of 2n = 20. It is one of the possible parents of the cultivated Fe'i bananas.

Musa peekelii

M. peekelii
More recent genetic studies suggest they are close to M. lolodensis and M. peekelii, both from New Guinea and neighbouring islands.
It is one of the possible parents of the cultivated Fe'i bananas.

Laurence Howland MacDaniels

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Laurence H. MacDaniels published a study of the Fe'i banana in 1947.
In 1926–1927, he carried out research on the Fe'i banana and its relationship to Polynesian migrations, which was published in 1947 by the Bishop Museum of Honolulu.

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Fe'i bananas (Musa × troglodytarum), also spelled Fehi or Féi, are banana cultivars unique to Melanesia, the Maluku Islands, and Polynesia.

Genus

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Fe'i bananas (also spelt Fehi or Féi) are cultivated plants in the genus Musa, used mainly for their fruit. All members of the genus Musa are tall herbaceous plants, typically around 3 – tall or even more.

True plantains

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They are distinct in appearance and origin from the majority of bananas and plantains currently grown, which derive from different wild species. They are distinctly different from the much more common bananas and plantains derived from Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana.

French Polynesia

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Found mainly in the islands of the Pacific, particularly French Polynesia, Fe'i bananas have skins which are brilliant orange to red in colour with yellow or orange flesh inside.

Beta-Carotene

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Most are high in beta-carotene (a precursor of vitamin A).

Vitamin A

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Most are high in beta-carotene (a precursor of vitamin A).

Cultivar

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Fe'i bananas are cultivated varieties (cultivars), rather than wild forms.

Musa acuminata

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They are distinctly different from the much more common bananas and plantains derived from Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana.

Musa balbisiana

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They are distinctly different from the much more common bananas and plantains derived from Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana.

Herbaceous plant

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All members of the genus Musa are tall herbaceous plants, typically around 3 – tall or even more.

Plant stem

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Although they appear tree-like, the "trunk" is actually a pseudostem, formed from the tightly wrapped bases of the leaves.

Sap

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They have highly coloured sap, pink through to bright magenta and dark purple.

Bract

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The bracts of the flowering spike (inflorescence) are bright shiny green rather than dull red or purple.

Inflorescence

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The bracts of the flowering spike (inflorescence) are bright shiny green rather than dull red or purple.

Cultivar group

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Some authorities have preferred to treat Fe'i bananas as a formal or informal cultivar group rather than employing a Latin binomial, using names like Musa (Fe'i Group) 'Utafan'.

Binomial nomenclature

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Some authorities have preferred to treat Fe'i bananas as a formal or informal cultivar group rather than employing a Latin binomial, using names like Musa (Fe'i Group) 'Utafan'. The scientific name for Fe'i bananas is Musa × troglodytarum L. Precisely which wild species they are descended from remained unclear.

Georg Eberhard Rumphius

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One of the earliest detailed accounts of the genus Musa was by the German-Dutch botanist Georg E. Rumpf (c.1627–1702), usually known by the Latinized name Rumphius.

Carl Linnaeus

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However, the starting point for botanical names is the publication of Carl Linnaeus' Species Plantarum in 1753, so "Musa uranoscopos" is not an acceptable name.