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Ravenala madagascariensis Adans.
    Voy. Ind. Orient. 2: 223, (1782).

Ravenala madagascariensis
Living plant (Flowers): Schatz 2570

Credit: G.E. Schatz

Distribution: Endemic to Madagascar

Bioclimate: Humid, Subhumid

Vegetation Formation: Grassland, Forest, Inselberg/Rock Face, Anthropic

Elevation (m): 0-499, 500-999, 1000-1499

Province: Antsiranana, Fianarantsoa, Toamasina, Toliara

Protected Areas : Nosy Mangabe

Note: Adans. (Fam. Pl. 10. 2: 67, 1763) and J.F. Gmel. (Syst. Nat. 2(1): 567, 1791) have sometimes been cited as the authors of this name, however the former did not publish a species name within Ravenala and the latter was predated (and himself cited) Sonnerat's valid publication of R. madagascariensis. The original description appears to correspond closely (in places word for word) to a label on a specimen in P-LAM (probably hand-written by Sonnerat) but neither the description or the specimen labels indicate the collector, in addition to the description the specimen only bears the information: xxxxx. Lamarck's generic account refers to Sonnerat and this specimen, but again with no indication of the specimen's origin, the illustrations appear to be redrawn from Sonnerat's originals. A specimen in P-JUSS which looks identical to the LAM one is a Commerson collection from Ile de France. The Lamarck specimen should be taken as the holotype, it likely was collected by Sonnerat. Specimen distr

Updated on: 19 May. 2004


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