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Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam are arrayed across Yunnan’s southern border, in dark green shades, a long and rugged border, Myanmar’s is particular rugged.. Sichuan fills the light green ‘gap’ to its north while Guizhou shares much of its eastern border, Musella often found in its western portions and along the this upper portion of the Yangtze River. Guangxi Province borders it to the southeast.

While Musella evolved a different reproductive pathway than did most of its family members, it shares the broad morphological traits characteristic to bird pollinated Musa, the bright yellow to orange inflorescence bracts, a bright color attractive to birds, while bees are most strongly attracted to bright blue and violet, color mattering far less to the night flying bats; odorless flowers, birds are not attracted to particular odors, as are insects and mammals including bats; and produces copious amounts of nectar which is more essential for bird and bat attraction. Recall that Hummingbirds are a New World Genus and so did not evolve with plants of the Banana family.  That Musella possess these traits demonstrates that these were at one time essential for their progenitor’s successful reproduction even though they no longer are. This is relatively common in many species, traits once acquired persisting long after they are necessary, now anachronistic, passed on through the stability of their genes and are lost only if they become a hinderance to the species under its altered conditions…a kind of genetic inertia. In this case the changes that are needed arise while the others persist.

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