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Taxon: Xanthosoma brasiliense (Desf.) Engl.

Genus: Xanthosoma
Family: Araceae subfamily: Aroideae tribe: Caladieae
Nomen number: 42083
Place of publication: Pflanzenr. IV. 23E(Heft 71):58. 1920
Name verified on: 30-Jun-2003 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 30-Jun-2003
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA).


Common names:

  • Tahitian-spinach   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • quélimbé   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • brasilianische Goldnarbe   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German
  • belembé   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Portuguese
  • calalú   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish

Economic importance:

Distributional range:

    Caribbean: Dominica; Guadeloupe; Hispaniola; Martinique; Puerto Rico; St. Vincent and Grenadines - St. Vincent
    Brazil: Brazil [s.?]

  • also cultivated

  • exact native range obscure




Check other web resources for Xanthosoma brasiliense (Desf.) Engl.:

  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • 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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