Musa sabuana K.Prasad, A.Joe, Bheem. & B.R.P.Rao, Indian J. Forest. 36: 151 (2013) (syn: Musa indandamanensis L.J.Singh);
Andaman Is., Nicobar Is. as per POWO;

Kindly find enclosed herewith the images of new species recently described from Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Musa indandamanensis L. J. Singh (Musaceae) Taiwania 201459 (1): 26-36.


Musa sabuana or M. bulbisiana:
Recently received many remarks on the page Musa sabuana (as can be seen here), that it should be a syn. of M. bulbisiana based on
Should I consider it or ignore it ?

There is a long story behind this species. We have merged two of L.J. Singh’s species M. indandamanensis under M. sabuana and M. paramjitiana under M. balbisiana var. andamanica. The details can be had from the attached paper of us. This prompted L.J. Singh to merge M. sabuana with M. balbisiana, both have no similarity at all. He has supported his argument based on molecular data. M. balbisiana fruits and M. sabuana are entirely different. You can see it in our paper. This is almost like merging Curcuma longa with Curcuma aeruginosa.



References: POWO  Catalogue of Life
Musaceae of Andaman and Nicobar Islands with two new synonyms and one distributional record–  V.S. Hareesh, A. Joe2, Joju P. Alappatt
and M. Sabu- Rheedea Vol. 27(2) 71–78 2017
MUSA SABUANA (MUSACEAE): A NEW SPECIES FROM ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA– Kothareddy Prasad, Alfred Joe*, Madiga Bheemalingappa and Boyina Ravi Prasad Rao


  1. F. Saleem

    Musa sabuana is syn. of M. bulbisiana

    SINGH, LAL JI MAYANK D. DWIVEDI, SHRUTI KASANA, MUDAVATH C. NAIK, GAUTAM A. EKKA AND ARUN K. PANDEY. 2020. Molecular systematics of the genus Musa L. (Zingiberales: Musaceae) in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Biologia 75, 1825–1843.

  2. Padam Kumar, Andaman

    Legend of cited photo for Musa sabuana is wrong, Correct legend is Musa indandamanensis L.J. Singh (Singh et al 2018, 2020).

  3. Prakas Ranee

    Musa indandamanensis is a valid species however M. sabuana is synonym of M. bulbisiana (Singh et al 2018, 2020).

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