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Species profile—Musa jackeyi

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Species details

Kingdom
Plantae (plants)
Class
Equisetopsida (land plants)
Family
Musaceae
Scientific name
Musa jackeyi W.Hill
WildNet taxon ID
13832
Alternate name(s)
erect banana
wild banana
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Endangered
Back on Track (BoT) status
Critical
Conservation significant
Yes
Confidential
No
Endemicity
Native
Pest status
Nil
Description
Musa jackeyi is a type of banana tree growing to 10m in height. It has a tall, dark trunk with red sap. It rarely suckers. The leaves are about 200cm long, rarely reaching 450cm, and are 60cm wide. The leaf stalk is not seen.
Inflorescences are erect. Flowers arise from the top of the trunk, with the male flowers at the base and the female flowers at the upper end. The fruit are crowded in 2 rows and are orange-red when ripe. The fruits are short, horizontal, egg-shaped, 3-5-cornered, 4-6.5cm long, 2.4-4cm in diameter and have numerous seeds buried in the pulp.
This species is distinguishable from all other species of Musa by the red sap and erect inflorescence. (Ross 1987)
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Distribution
Musa jackeyi is found near Innisfail and Babinda in north-east Queensland. Old records are from the Daintree River area. (Ross 1987; Herbrecs 2008)
Distributional limits
-16.2484705, 145.4177727
-17.5234633, 145.9761074
Range derivation
Range derived from extent of the taxon's verified records
Habitat
Musa jackeyi grows in rich alluvial soil along rivers, in an area with a tropical climate. (Ross 1987)
Notes
Contributors: Ailsa Holland, Mellisa Mayhew 19/06/2009
References
Herbrecs (2008). Musa jackeyi, in BriMapper version 2.12. Queensland Herbarium. Accessed 09/10/2008.
Ross, E.M. in George, A.S. (Ed) (1987). Flora of Australia 45: 18-19.
Profile author
Ailsa Holland (19/06/2009)

Other resources

The Australasian Virtual Herbarium (AVH)
Atlas of Living Australia

Data source

This profile data is sourced from the QLD Wildlife Data API using the Get species by ID function used under CC-By 4.0
https://apps.des.qld.gov.au/species/?op=getspeciesbyid&taxonid=13832

This information is sourced from the WildNet database managed by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

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Last updated
7 September 2021
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