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Taxon: Sechium edule (Jacq.) Sw.

Genus: Sechium
Family: Cucurbitaceae tribe: Sicyoeae
Nomen number: 33453
Place of publication: Fl. Ind. occid. 2:1150. 1800
Name verified on: 17-Feb-2005 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 17-Feb-2005
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA).


See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • chayote   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • cho-cho   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • christophine   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • vegetable-pear   (Source: Pl Res SEAs ) – English
  • fo shou gua   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • chou-chou   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • christofine   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • Chayote   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German
  • Stachelgurke   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German
  • hayato-uri   (Source: F Japan ) – Japanese Rōmaji
  • chuchu   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Portuguese
  • machiche-francês   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • machucho   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • xuxú   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • chayote de monte   (Source: F Bajio ) – Spanish   [Sechium edule subsp. sylvestre]
  • chocho   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • erizo de monte   (Source: F Bajio ) – Spanish   [Sechium edule subsp. sylvestre]
  • pipinela   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • tallote   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • camochayote   (Source: Starch [roots]) – Spanish (Mexico)
  • chinchayote   (Source: Starch [roots]) – Spanish (Mexico)
  • cueza   (Source: Starch [roots]) – Spanish (Mexico)
  • kayote   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    Southern Mexico: Mexico - Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Puebla, Queretaro, Veracruz

  • widely cultivated in tropics




Check other web resources for Sechium edule (Jacq.) Sw.:

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.

Check other web resources for images:

  • Google Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (27 November 2015)

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