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'Bungulan'


'Bungulan' at a glance
Ploidy level

3x

Genome group

AAA

Subgroup

Cavendish

Status

Cultivar

'Bungulan' is a popular Cavendish cultivar from the Philippines, where it is also known as 'Bongolan', 'Balungun' and 'Bangalun' among other synonyms[1]. It is a tall Cavendish considered by Norman Simmonds to be identical to Pisang Masak Hijau'[2], which like it is also distinguished by having fruits that remain green at maturity[1].

Several rarer forms have fruits that become yeloow when ripe. A yellow-fruited form was taken to Central America, along with plants of the Phillipines cultivar 'Lacatan'. The labels got mixed up, leading 'Bungulan' to be known in the Americas as 'Lacatan'[1]. The Philippines 'Lacatan', a non-Cavendish type, is now spelled 'Lakatan'.

'Bungolan' is common throughout Southeast Asia.

Local names

'Bungulan' is known in Malaysia as 'Pisang Masak Hijau', in Indonesia as 'Pisang Ambon Lumut' and in Thailand as 'Kluai Hom Khieo'[3].

References

1. Page 331 in Allen, P.H. 1965. Annotated index of Philippine musaceae. Philippine Agriculturist 49(5):320-411.
2. Simmonds, N.W. 1966. Bananas. 2 ed. Tropical Agricultural Series. Longman, New York, USA. 512p.
3. Valmayor, R.V., Espino, R.R.C. and Pascua, O.C. 2002. The Wild and Cultivated Bananas of the Philippines. PARRFI, Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines. 242p.

See also on this website

Local names for 'Bungulan' in the cultivar checklist
Musapedia pages on cultivars: