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Taxon: Telfairia pedata (Sm.) Hook.

Genus: Telfairia
Family: Cucurbitaceae tribe: Joliffieae
Nomen number: 80126
Place of publication: Bot. Mag. 54: t. 2751-52. 1827
Name verified on: 04-Mar-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 03-Dec-2010
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA).


Common names:

  • oysternut   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • queen's-nut   (Source: PROTA4U ) – English
  • Zanzibar oilvine   (Source: Biol Cucurb 322.1990) – English
  • châtaigne de l'Inhambane   (Source: PROTA4U ) – French
  • kouémé   (Source: PROTA4U ) – French
  • liane de Joliff   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • Talerkürbis   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • castanha-de-Inhambane   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Portuguese
  • kueme   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • mkwema   (Source: PROTA4U ) – Swahili
  • mkweme   (Source: PROTA4U ) – Swahili

Economic importance:

  • Human food: fruit   (from seeds fide Biol Cucurb 322. 1990)
  • Human food: oil/fat   (from seeds fide Biol Cucurb 322. 1990)
  • Human food: seeds   (from seeds fide Biol Cucurb 322. 1990)
  • Materials: lipids   (for candle and soap making & cosmetics fide PROTA4U)
  • Medicines: folklore   (fide PROTA4U)

Distributional range:

    East Tropical Africa: Tanzania [incl. Zanzibar Is. & Pemba Is.]
    South Tropical Africa: Mozambique

    Africa [also cult.]


  • PROTABASE, the information base of PROTA (Plant Resources of Tropical Africa) (on-line resource).
  • Exell, A. W. et al., eds. 1960–. Flora zambesiaca.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource).
  • Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening.
  • Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants.
  • Rosengarten, F. 1984. The book of edible nuts.
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. 1952–. Flora of tropical East Africa.
  • Walters, S. M. et al., eds. 1986–. European garden flora.
  • Whitake, T. W. 1990. Cucurbits of potential economic importance. P. 322 in: Bates, D. M. et al., Biology and utilization of the Cucurbitaceae.


Check other web resources for Telfairia pedata (Sm.) Hook.:

  • 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.
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