Sorting Cyclanthera names


Species on this page :



Cyclanthera explodens Naudin

SYNONYM(S) : Cyclanthera brachystachia (Ser.) Cogn.

ENGLISH : Seed-spitting gourd.

FRENCH : Concombre des pauvres.

SPANISH : Cuchinito (Colombia).

Cyclanthera pedata (L.) Schrad.

SYNONYM(S) : Cyclanthera pedata (L.) Schrad. var. edulis (Naudin) Cogn., Momordica pedata L.

ENGLISH : Korila, Korilla, Slipper gourd, Wild cucumber, Caigua (Haiti).

FRENCH : Concombre grimpant, Concombre des Andes.

JAPANESE : Achocha.

PORTUGUESE : Taimiá de comer, Taimiá de cipó.

QUECHUAN : Achocha.

SPANISH : Pepino de comer, Achoncha (Colombia), Pepino de Rellenar (Colombia), Pepino de Relleno, Pepino andino (Venezuela), Caygua (Costa Rica), Achocha (Peru), Achoca, Caihua (Andean region), Maxixi peruano (Bolivia), Achoscha.

Some Spanish names need editing, the locality of others need confirming.

Photograph of seed.

Illustration (line drawing) of fruit & leaf in Lost Crops of the Incas, bottom p xxx?.

General Bibliography


Complementary / Specific


Herklots G.A.C. 1972, Vegetables in South East Asia. George Allen & Unwin Ltd. London (or Hafner Press in New York).

National Research Council 1989, Lost Crops of the Incas : Little-Known Plants of the Andes with Promise for Worldwide Cultivation. National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.

Siemonsma J.S. & Kasem Piluek (Editors) : Plant Resources of South-East Asia N°8 . Vegetables. Pudoc Scientific Publishers, Wageningen. p 288.

Tico Ethnobotanical Dictionary < http:// >

USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Available: (06 February 2000)

Wiersema J. H. & León B. 1999, World Economic Plants : a Standard Reference. CRC Press LLC.



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