The origins and dispersal throughout the pacific islands of Fehi Bananas (Musa series Australimusa)

Lex A. J. Thomson*, Jean-Francois Butaud, Jeff Daniells, Paul A. Geraghty, Adriana Hiariej, Valerie Kagy, Jean Kennedy, Angela K. Kepler, David J. Mabberley, Gabriel L. Sachter-Smith, Julie Sardos, William H. Wilson, Maurice Wong

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Fehi bananas are a Pacific Islands and eastern Indonesian assemblage of parthenocarpic diploid and triploid cultivars in Musa series Australimusa. Fehi cultivars were derived principally from M. maclayi, M. lolodensis and M. bukensis s.l. and related entities. Eleven Fehi cultivar groups comprising morphologically similar cultivars are described, along with naturalised forms from eastern Polynesia. Fehi cultivars have been referred to particular species such as M. troglodytarum and M. fehi, but further genetic research is needed to ascertain how human-selected cultivars are interrelated and derived from any particular species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-335
Number of pages47
JournalJournal of the Polynesian Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022


  • Australimusa biogeography
  • Callimusa
  • crop wild relatives
  • Fehi bananas
  • Micronesia
  • Polynesia
  • Makira Island (Solomon Islands)
  • Tahiti
  • historical linguistics of Fehi
  • Fehi origins and dispersals


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