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Enset glaucum (Roxb.)–A Wild Progenitor Species of Banana and its Little Known Presence in North East India


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Musaceae is an ancient family under the order Zingiberales and it consists of three genera, i.e. Musa L., Ensete Horan. and Musella (Franch) H. W. Li1,2. Initially in India only Enset superbum (Roxb.) Cheesman was reported from Western Peninsular region in the early 1960s3,4. However, Joe5 revised the Indian Musaceae by reporting 41 wild taxa (39 of which are of Musa and 2 are Ensete). Enset glaucum has a conical stem and green persistent bracts. Hence it is a plant with great ornamental potential6, and is grown as an ornamental or decorative plant in most states of North East India.
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  • Enset glaucum (Roxb.)–A Wild Progenitor Species of Banana and its Little Known Presence in North East India

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J. J. Rajappa
Division of Natural Resource Management (Agroforestry), ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam 793 103, India
E. M. Sangma
Division of Natural Resource Management (Agroforestry), ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam 793 103, India
B. Karmakar
Division of Natural Resource Management (Agroforestry), ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam 793 103, India

Abstract


Musaceae is an ancient family under the order Zingiberales and it consists of three genera, i.e. Musa L., Ensete Horan. and Musella (Franch) H. W. Li1,2. Initially in India only Enset superbum (Roxb.) Cheesman was reported from Western Peninsular region in the early 1960s3,4. However, Joe5 revised the Indian Musaceae by reporting 41 wild taxa (39 of which are of Musa and 2 are Ensete). Enset glaucum has a conical stem and green persistent bracts. Hence it is a plant with great ornamental potential6, and is grown as an ornamental or decorative plant in most states of North East India.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18520/cs%2Fv117%2Fi10%2F1555-1556