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Maoli-Popoulu subgroup


Maoli-Popoulu subgroup

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Ploidy level

3x

Genome group

AAB

Subgroup

Maoli-Popoulu

Cultivars
Distribution
Pacific

The Maoli-Popoulu subgroup is named after the Maoli and Popoulu bananas domesticated in the Pacific region, possibly in the Bismarck Archipelago-Solomon Islands area[1].

Along with Iholena bananas, they are often referred to as Pacific plantains, which also belong to the AAB genome group.

Morphological characteristics

The cultivars in this subgroup are best recognized by their sausage-shape fruits. The fruits of the Popoulu bananas tend to fatter and shorter than those of the Maoli ones.

Types and cultivars

References

1. De Langhe, E., Perrier, X., Donohue, M. and Denham, T.P. 2015. The Original Banana Split: Multi-disciplinary implications of the generation of African and Pacific Plantains in Island Southeast Asia. Ethnobotany Research and Applications 14:299-312.