From Plant Press, Vol. 19, No. 2, April 2016.
The Global Genome Initiative–Gardens has a goal of collecting genome-quality tissue from all living plant families and half of the living plant genera of the world. The GGI–Gardens team recently collected tissue from a specimen of Musa textillis at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Another species in the genus, Musa violascens, was illustrated for John Kress in 1997 at Lyon Arboretum in Oahu, Hawaii. During a two week trip, Alice Tangerini worked on several genera from living material on the grounds of the Arboretum. With help from Lyon’s manager, Ray Baker, Tangerini was able to locate and sketch a large banana tree growing in the Manoa hills. Baker collected the flowers and fruits for Tangerini to draw later back at the garden’s education building. The Musa drawing was one of 12 illustrations for an exhibit in Singapore as part of the 1998 meeting of the Heliconia Society International.