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Silk subgroup


Silk subgroup

Silk Figue Pomme Geante CJ

Ploidy

3x

Genome group

AAA

Subgroup

Silk

Cultivars

The Silk subgroup belongs to the AAA genome group and includes cultivars that produce sweet-acid fruits whose flavour is reminiscent of apples, hence the use of the names Apple, Manzana and Figue pomme to refer to these bananas. Their susceptibility to Fusarium wilt has led to a decline in their importance.

Main characteristics

The peel of ripe fruits splits easily. The skin at the upper surface of the pedicel tends to break transversely, so that the fruit falls.

Silk cultivars are often confused with those in the Pome subgroup. They differ in having a more slender male bud, narrower and more pointed bracts and more numerous male flowers.

References

Further reading

Ploetz, R.C., Kepler, A.K., Daniells, J.W. and Nelson, S.C. 2007. Banana and plantain: an overview with emphasis on Pacific island cultivars Musaceae (banana family). p27. In: Elevitch, C.R. (ed.). Species profiles for Pacific Island agroforestry. Permanent Agriculture Resources, Holualoa (USA).
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Page last modified on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 15:54:50 CEST by Anne Vézina.