Sechium edule (Jacq.) Sw.

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Sechium edule

Photo: Bart Wursten
24, Athlone Avenue, Greendale

Sechium edule

Photo: Bart Wursten
24, Athlone Avenue, Greendale

Sechium edule

Photo: Bart Wursten
24, Athlone Avenue, Greendale

Sechium edule

Photo: Bart Wursten
24, Athlone Avenue, Greendale

Sechium edule

Photo: Bart Wursten
24, Athlone Avenue, Greendale

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Synonyms:
Common names: Chayote (English) Cho cho (English) Chou chou (English) Susu (English)
Description: Large herbaceous climber. Leaves broadly ovate, shallowly lobed. Fruit broadly pear-shaped, sometimes irregularly lobed and often spiny.
Notes: Very commonly grown in Zimbabwean gardens for its edible fruit and tubers.
Derivation of specific name: edule: edible
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Worldwide distribution: Native in Mexico and Belize. Widely cultivated in the tropics for its edible fruit or tubers and naturalized in South America and parts of Asia. In Africa so far only recorded as naturalized from Cameroon.
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Image last updated: Thursday 15 January 2009
Literature:

Bailey, L.H. & Bailey, E.Z. (1976). Hortus Third. A concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada Macmillan Publishing Co, Inc., New York Page 1023.

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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sechium edule
African Plant Database: Sechium edule
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Sechium edule
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Sechium edule
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Sechium edule
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iNaturalist: Sechium edule
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sechium edule
JSTOR Plant Science: Sechium edule
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sechium edule
Plants of the World Online: Sechium edule
Tropicos: Sechium edule
Wikipedia: Sechium edule


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Sechium edule.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=162640, retrieved 28 May 2024

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