Species Profile and Threats Database

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EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Extinct
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Declaration under s178, s181, and s183 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - List of threatened species, List of threatened ecological communities and List of threatening processes (Commonwealth of Australia, 2000) [Legislative Instrument].
State Listing Status
QLD: Listed as Extinct in the Wild (Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Queensland): May 2014 list)
Scientific name Musa fitzalanii [7200]
Family Musaceae:Zingiberales:Liliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author F.Muell.
Infraspecies author  
Reference Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 9 (Dec. 1875) 188.
Distribution map Species Distribution Map not available for this taxon.
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Scientific name: Musa fitzalanii

Common name: Daintree's River Banana

Although Simmonds (1956) placed this species in section Musa, there is some doubt as to whether it belongs there or in section Australimusa, since it is so poorly known (Ross 1987).

Daintree's River Banana was a robust species that grew to a height of about six metres. The stem was green and the sap generally colourless. The leaves were 30–35 cm long, usually about 60 cm wide, with no leaf-stalk evident. The leaves stood almost at right angles to the stem (Ross 1987).

The flowerheads hung loosely and only the male flowers were visible. Male flowers were cream with purplish tips. The sepals were oblong in shape, 2.5–3.7 cm long and 4–10 mm wide. The petals were oval-shaped, 1.5–2.2 cm long and 5–8 mm wide (Ross 1987).

The fruits, which were arranged in drooping bunches, were triangular and yellow when ripe, 5–6 cm long, and full of seed. The seeds were 4.5–6.5 mm in diameter (Ross 1987).

Daintree's River Banana is known only from the type specimen collected along the Daintree River in northern Queensland (Ross 1987).

There were no habitat details recorded for Daintree's River Banana.

The details of when Daintree's River Banana flowered and set fruit, or the conditions necessary for this to occur, are unknown.

The reasons for the decline and extinction of Daintree's River Banana are unknown.

The following table lists known and perceived threats to this species. Threats are based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) threat classification version 1.1.

Threat Class Threatening Species References
Uncategorised:Uncategorised:threats not specified Musa fitzalanii in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006qu) [Internet].

Ross, E.M. (1987). Musaceae. In: Flora of Australia. 45:16-19. Canberra: AGPS.

Simmonds, N.W. (1956). Botanical Results of the Banana Collecting Expedition, 1954-5. Kew Bulletin. 11(3):463-489.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Musa fitzalanii in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:13:49 +1000.