Musaceae Juss.

First published in Gen. Pl. [Jussieu] 61. 1789 [4 Aug 1789] (1789)nom. cons.
This family is accepted

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POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • APG IV (2016)


  • APG 2. (2003). An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 141. pp. 399-436.
  • Andersson, L. (1998). Musaceae. In: K. Kubitzki (Ed.), the families and genera of vascular plants 4:226-30. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.
  • Dahlgren, R.M.T., Clifford & H.T., Yeo, P.F. (1985). The Families of the Monocotyledons: Structure, Evolution and Taxonomy. pp 356-358. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, New York and Tokyo.
  • Kress, W. (1990). The phylogeny and classification of the Zingiberales. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 77:4. pp. 698-721.
  • Kress, W. J., Prince, L. M., Hahn, W. J. & Zimmer, E. A. (2001). Unravelling the evolutionary radiation of the families of the Zingiberales using morphological and molecular evidence. Systematic Biology 50:6 pp. 926-944.
  • Maas, P. J. M. & Westra, L. Y. Th. (2005). Neotropical Plant Families. 3rd ed. p. 99. A.R.G. Gantner Verlag K.G., Ruggell.
  • Seberg,O. (2007). In: V.H. Heywood, R.K. Brummitt, A. Culham & O. Seberg (eds). Flowering plant families of the world, p. 382-3. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Stevens, P. F. (2008). Angiosperm Phylogeny Website. Version 9 onwards.
  • Stevenson, D. W. & Stevenson, J. W. (2004). Musaceae. In: Smith, N., Mori, S. A., Henderson, A., Stevenson, D. W. and Heald, S. V. (eds.). Flowering Plants of the Neotropics. pp. 462-3. The New York Botanical Garden, Princeton University Press, Princeton.
  • Watson, L. and M. J. Dallwitz (1992) onwards). The Families of Flowering Plants: Descriptions, Illustrations, Identification, and Information Retrieval. Version: 14th December (2000).
  • Yatskievych, K. (2001). In: Steyermark, J. A., Berry, P. E., Yatskievych, K. & Holst, B. K. (eds). Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. Volume. 6 Liliaceae-Myrsinaceae. pp 731-3. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis.

Trees of New Guinea

  • Andersson, L. (1998). Musaceae. In: K. Kubitzki (ed.), The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants 4: 296–300. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.
  • Argent, G.C.G. (1976). The wild bananas of Papua New Guinea. Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 35: 77–114.
  • Denham, T.P., Haberle, S.G., Lentfer, C., Fullagar, R., Field, J., Therin, M., Porch, N. & Winsborough, B. (2003). Origins of Agriculture at Kuk Swamp in the Highlands of New Guinea. Science 301: 189–193.
  • Laura V.S. Jennings (2022). Trees of New Guinea. Timothy M. A. Utteridge and Laura V. S. Jennings (Eds) Kew Publishing. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Trinidad and Tobago K:SPC-25695.000 No


  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Flora of Tropical East Africa
  • Flora of West Tropical Africa

    • Flora of West Tropical Africa
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants.
  • Neotropikey

    • Milliken, W., Klitgard, B. and Baracat, A. (2009 onwards), Neotropikey - Interactive key and information resources for flowering plants of the Neotropics.
  • Trees of New Guinea

    • Trees of New Guinea