Sorting Sechium names

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


Sechium edule (Jacq.) Sw.

SYNONYM(S) : Sicyos edule Jacq., Chayota edulis (Jacq.) Jacq.

CHINESE : Fo shou gua (Fo shu gua, Cantonese Fat shau kwa), Sun Ren Gua, Li Gua.

DANISH : Kayote.

DUTCH : Groente peer, Laboe siem.

ENGLISH : Vegetable pear, Chayote, Chayote squash (USA), Choko (Aust.), Chaco (West Indies), Choco (West Indies, Singapore), Madeira marrow.

FINNISH : Kajottikurpitsa.

FRENCH : Christophine (Trinidad), Chouchou, Chouchoutte, Chayotte, Mirliton (New Orleans - USA).

ITALIAN : Saiotta, Zuccheta africana.

JAPANESE : Hayato uri.

KHMER : Su suu.

LAOTIAN : Savëëx, Nooy th'ai.

MALAY : Labu siam (Indonesia), Labu jepang (Indonesia), Waluh jepang (Indonesia).

NAHUATL : Chayote.

NEPALESE : Iskul, Skul, Skush.

PORTUGUESE : Alcaiota, Chuchú, Caiota, Chocho, Xuxu, Machuchu (Brazil), Pepinela.

SPANISH : Cayota (Argentina), Chayote (fruit), Chayotera (vine), Chocho, Cidrayota (Colombia), Gayota (Peru), Guispui (Guatemala), Güisquil, Huisquil or Uisquil (Mexico, El Salvadore), Papa del aire (Argentina), Pipinela, Talote (Puerto Rico), Tallote (Puerto Rico), Guisqil (Pipil, from Guatemala & El Salvador).

SWEDISH : Kayote.

TAGALOG : Sayote.

THAI : Ma kheua kreua, Taeng kariang.



Photograph (leaf & fruit - an eco type from Costa Rica) by Gerrit Davidse at W3TROPICOS.

Photographs of fruits (different types from various continents) at the Cucurbit Network.


Types : Dark-green-fruited, Pale-green-fruited, Round-fruited, Spiny-fruited, Thin-fruited, White-fruited.

Sechium edule (Jacq.) Sw. (Green-fruited Group)

CHINESE : Qing fo shou gua, Qing guo fo shou gua.

ENGLISH : Green -fruited chayote, Common chayote.

FRENCH : Christophine à fruit vert, Christophine commune, Christophine ordinaire.

JAPANESE : Ao hayato uri.


Photograph (fruits on market stall) at International Plant Genetic Resources Institute.

Sechium edule (Jacq.) Sw. (Spiny-fruited Group)

CHINESE : Ci pi fo shou gua.

ENGLISH : Spiny -fruited chayote.

FRENCH : Christophine à fruit épineux, Christophine sauvage.


Photograph of fruit at the Cucurbit Network.

Sechium edule (Jacq.) Sw. (White-fruited Group)

CHINESE : Bai fo shou gua, Bai guo fo shou gua.

ENGLISH : White -fruited chayote.

FRENCH : Christophine à fruit blanc.

JAPANESE : Shiro hayato uri.








EURODICAUTOM 1999, Multilingual Terminological Database, European Commission Translation Service. (12 languages of the European Community). < >

Engels J.M.M. & Jeffrey C., 1993, Sechium edule (Jacq.) Swartz, In Siemonsma J.S. & Kasem Piluek (Editors) : Plant Resources of South-East Asia N°8 . Vegetables. Pudoc Scientific Publishers, Wageningen. pp 246 - 248.

Grigson Jane & Knox Charlotte (Illustrations), 1986, Exotic Fruits and Vegetables, Henry Holt and Company. New York.

Herklots G.A.C. 1972, Vegetables in South East Asia. George Allen & Unwin Ltd. London (or Hafner Press in New York). (Cantonese - traditional characters + romanization, English, Latin).

Hutton Wendy & Mealin Peter (Photography), 1996, Tropical Vegetables, Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd.

Solomon Charmaine and Nina & Schouten P. (Illustrations), 1997, Encyclopedia of Asian Food, Hamlyn Australia.

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

Wiersema John H. & León Blanca, 1999, World Economic Plants - A Standard Reference, CRC Press LLC.




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