Taxon: Telfairia pedata (Sm.) Hook.

Genus: Telfairia
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Tribe: Joliffieae
Nomen number: 80126
Place of publication: Bot. Mag. 54: t. 2751-52. 1827
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 04-Mar-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 03-Dec-2010
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA)
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • oysternut  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • queen's-nut  (Source: PROTA4U) - English
  • Zanzibar oilvine  (Source: Biol Cucurb) - 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:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Tanzania
    • South Tropical Africa: Mozambique

  • Cultivated

  • Africa

    • Africa


  • PROTABASE, the information base of PROTA (Plant Resources of Tropical Africa) (on-line resource). (PROTA4U)
  • Exell, A. W. et al., eds. Flora zambesiaca. 1960- (F Zamb)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource). (Ecocrop)
  • Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard)
  • Personal Care Products Council International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI)
  • Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  • Rosengarten, F. The book of edible nuts. 1984 (Edible Nuts)
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. Flora of tropical East Africa. 1952- (F TE Afr)
  • Walters, S. M. et al., eds. European garden flora. 1986- (Eur Gard F)
  • Whitake, T. W. 1990. Cucurbits of potential economic importance (Biol Cucurb) 322.


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

  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas 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.