Sorting Ullucus names

Species on this page ( A = names approved by most authorities, s = approved as synonyms) :


Ullucus tuberosus Caldas

SYNONYM(S) : Ullucus tuberosus Lozano, Ullucus kunthii Moquin-Tandon, Basella tuberosa (Lozano) Kunth, , Basella tuberosa HBK , Melloca tuberosa (Lozano) Lindley, Melloca peruviana Lindl.

AYMARA : Ulluma, Ulluco, Ullucu.

ENGLISH : Tuberous basella.

FRENCH : Baselle tubéreuse, Baselle tubéreuse cultivée.

QUECHUA :  Ollucu, Ulluco (Peru), Ullucu, Ulluku (Peru), Oca quina.

SPANISH : Camarones de tierra (Columbia), Chigua (Colombia), Chuguas (Colombia), Lisas (Peru), Melloco (Ecuador, Colombia),  Mucuchi (Venezuela), Olloco (Argentina), Olluco (Colombia), Ulluco (Bolivia), Papa lisa (Bolivia), Papa lisas (Peru),  Ulluco (Colombia), Ulluma (Argentina), Rubas (Colombia), Rubia (Venezuela), Ruba (Venezuela), Tiquiño (Venezuela), Timbós (Venezuela), Tuna ullush,  Ulluca (Argentina), Ulluma (Argentina).


Types : Long, Curved, Round, Spotted, Streaked, Yellow, Pink.


Photograph of some types of tubers by Hugh Wilson at Vascular Plant Image Gallery, Uni. of Texas.
Photograph of 5 different colour tubers by Daniel Giannoni at the
Centro Internacional de la Papa.

Ullucus tuberosus Caldas 'Pica de Pulga'

ENGLISH : Peruvian spotted ulluco.

SPANISH : Pica de pulga (Peru).

Ullucus tuberosus Caldas subsp. aborigineus Brücher

ENGLISH : Wild ulluco.

FRENCH : Baselle tubéreuse sauvage.

General Bibliography


Complementary / Specific


CONDESAN, 2001 - 2005, Pocket guide to nine exotic Andean roots and tubers. Centro International de la Papa y El Consorcio para el Desarrollo Sostenible de la Ecorregión Andina (CONDESAN),  Lima, Peru. < >.

EURODICAUTOM, On-line Technical Dictionary in 12 languages provided by the European Commission < > (Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Latin with authority names)

Mabberley D.J. 1997, The Plant-Book : a Portable Dictionary of the Vascular Plants, 2d Edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.

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.

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

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

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