Finnish sea captain finds new banana in Vietnam

by Luigi Guarino on December 21, 2012

Markku Häkkinen and Musa viridis. (The original caption said M haekkinenii, but Häkkinen himself corrected us, and would like to stop this error in its tracks.) Photo: Maarten Christenhusz.

Markku Häkkinen and Musa viridis. (The original caption said M haekkinenii, but Häkkinen himself corrected us, and would like to stop this error in its tracks.) Photo: Maarten Christenhusz.

Finnish sea captain and amateur botanist Markku Häkkinen has studied wild bananas for nearly 40 years. Now he has found the new species to science.

That’s from ScienceNordic. The new species is called Musa haekkinenii, and was described earlier this year in Phytotaxa by a team of Vietnamese taxonomists, who graciously named it after Markku. Congratulations to all concerned. And we look forward to seeing the full details on ProMusa.

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