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Taxon: Chenopodium pallidicaule Aellen

Genus: Chenopodium
Family: Chenopodiaceae
Subfamily: Chenopodioideae
Tribe: Chenopodieae
Nomen number: 10193
Place of publication: Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 26:126. 1929
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 10-May-2000 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 16 (13 active, 12 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (Map)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: pseudocereal (although sometimes considered a subsistence crop, it is locally and regionally sold)

Distributional Range:


    Southern America
    • WESTERN SOUTH AMERICA: Bolivia, Peru [Cusco, Junín, Puno]


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  2. Brown. D. C. et al. 2015. Characterization of the Granule-Bound Starch Synthase I gene in Chenopodium. Pl. Genome 8:1-12.
  3. Correa, J. E. & H. Y. Bernal. 1991. Especies vegetales promisorias de los paises del Convenio Andres Bello. 6:342-355.
  4. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource). URL: http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/cropListDetails?code=&relation=beginsWith&name=Chenopodium+pallidicaule&quantity=1 target='_blank'
  5. Fuentes-Bazan, S. et al. 2012. A novel phylogeny-based generic classification for Chenopodium sensu lato, and a tribal rearrangement of Chenopodioideae (Chenopodiaceae). Willdenowia 42:5-24. Note: this study included samples of Chenopodium pallidicaule
  6. Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. Note: re. Brazilian common names
  7. Hanelt, P., ed. 2001. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6
  8. Hegi, G. et al. 1960. Illustrierte Flora von Mittel-Europa 3:576, 629. Note: ed. 1:1906-1931; ed. 2:1936-68; ed. 3:1966-
  9. Jarvis, D. E. et al. 2017. The genome of Chenopodium quinoa. Nature 542:307-312. Note: this study for reconstructing the genome of Chenopodium quinoa used the USDA accession PI 478407 of C. pallidicaule
  10. Macbride, J. F. et al., eds. 1936-. Flora of Peru Note: 1936-1971; new ser. 1980-
  11. Mangelson, H. et al. 2019. The genome of Chenopodium pallidicaule: An emerging Andean super grain. Applic. Pl. Sci. 7(11): e11300.
  12. Personal Care Products Council. INCI
  13. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  14. Rea, J. 1968. Bibliografía sobre quinua y cañihua.
  15. Rehm, S. & G. Espig. 1991. The cultivated plants of the tropics and subtropics
  16. Soukup, J. 1970. Vocabulario de los nombres vulgares de la flora peruana.
  17. Standley, P. C. 1931. The Nyctaginaceae and Chenopodiaceae of northwestern South America. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Bot. Ser. 11:121.
  18. Vargas, A. et al. 2011. Development and use of microsatellite markers for genetic diversity analysis of cañahua (Chenopodium pallidicaule. Genet. Resources Crop Evol. 58:727-739.
  19. Walsh, B. M. et al. 2015. Chenopodium polyploidy inferences from Salt Overly Sensitive 1 (SOS1) data. Amer. J. Bot. 102:1-11.

Check other web resources for Chenopodium pallidicaule Aellen :

  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • 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.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=10193. Accessed 16 July 2020.