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Taxon: Vasconcellea pubescens A. DC.

Genus: Vasconcellea
Family: Caricaceae
Nomen number: 310753
Place of publication: Prodr. 15(1):419. 1864
Link to protologue: https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/158181
Comment: the priority of Vasconcellea pubescens A. DC. and V. cestriflora A. DC., published at the same time, was established by Jørgensen et al. (2014), who chose V. pubescens, under Melbourne ICN Art. 11.5
Name Verified on: 07-Sep-2006 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 28-Nov-2018
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 29 (3 active, 1 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)


Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: fruit (as Carica candamarcensis & Carica cestriflora); fruit (cited as Vasconcellea cundinamarcensis, locally grown or in small scale in Andean countries)
  • Materials: potential as chemicals (as source of papain "of industrial, pharmaceutical and research uses")

Distributional Range:


    Southern America
    • WESTERN SOUTH AMERICA: Bolivia, Colombia, [Antioquia, Boyaca, Cauca, Cundinamarca, Meta, Santander, Narino, Putumayo] Ecuador, [Azuay, Canar, Carchi, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, El Oro, Imbabura, Loja, Napo, Pichincha, Tungurahua] Peru [Cuzco, Huanuco, Junin]


    Southern America


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  2. Badillo, V. M. Monografia de la familia Caricaceae. 1971 (Monog Caricaceae) 105-111.
  3. Bernal, R., S. R. Gradstein & M. Celis Catálogo de plantas y líquenes de Colombia. Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá. 2015 (L Colombia online)
  4. Carrasco, B. et al. 2009. Genetic structure of the highland papayas (Vasconcellea pubescens (Lenné et C. Koch) Badillo) cultivated along a geographic gradient in Chile as revealed by Inter Simple Sequence Repeats (ISSR) Genet. Resources Crop Evol. 56:331-337.
  5. Carvalho, F. A. 2015. Flora mesoamericana. (F Mesoamer) 2(3):238.
  6. Carvalho, F. A. & S. S. Renner 2012. A dated phylogeny of the papaya family (Caricaceae) reveals the crop's closest relatives and the family's biogeographic history Molec. Phylogenet. Evol. 65:46-53.
  7. Coppens d'Eeckenbrugge, G. et al. 2014. Vasconcellea for papaya improvement. (Genet Genom Papaya) 4:47-79.
  8. Harling, G. & B. Sparre, eds. Flora of Ecuador. (F Ecuador)
  9. Jørgensen, P. M. & S. León-Yánez, eds. Catalogue of the vascular plants of Ecuador. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 75. 1999 (L Ecuador)
  10. Jørgensen, P. M. et al., eds. 2014. Catálogo de las plantas vasculares de Bolivia (Catalogue of vascular plants of Bolivia). 2014 (L Bolivia) 1:489.
  11. O'Brien, C. M. & R. A. Drew 2010. Marker-assisted hybridisation and backcrossing between Vasconcellea species and Carica papaya for PRSV-P resistance Acta Hort. 859:361-368.
  12. O'Brien, C. M. & R. A. Drew 2009. Potential for using Vasconcellea parviflora as a bridging species in intergeneric hybridisation between V. pubescens and Carica papaya Austral. J. Bot. 57:592-601.
  13. Ochoa, J. et al. 2003. Interacciones entre Fusarium oxysporum y Meloidogyne incognita causantes de marchitez vascular en papayas de altura Fitopatología 38:170-175.
  14. Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  15. Rockinger, A. et al. 2016. Chromosome number reduction in the sister clade of Carica papaya with concomitant genome size doubling Amer. J. Bot. 103:1-7.
  16. Scheldeman, X. et al. 2007. Distribution, diversity and environmental adaptation of highland papayas (Vasconcellea spp.) in tropical and subtropical America Biodivers. & Conservation 16:1867-1884.
  17. Siar, S. V. et al. 2012. Gene for PRSV-P resistance in Vasconcellea species and development of PRSV-P resistant papaya via intergeneric hybridisation Acta Hort. 929:335-341.
  18. Soukup, J. Vocabulario de los nombres vulgares de la flora peruana. (Names Soukup)
  19. Uphof, J. C. T. Dictionary of economic plants, ed. 2. (Dict Econ Pl)
  20. Van Droogenbroeck, B. et al. 2005. Maternal inheritance of cytoplasmic organelles in intergeneric hybrids of Carica papaya L. and Vasconcellea spp. (Caricaceae Dumort., Brassicales) (Euphytica) 143:161-168.
  21. Vietmeyer, N. D., ed. Lost crops of the Incas. (Lost Crops Incas)

Check other web resources for Vasconcellea pubescens A. DC. :

  • Flora del Conosur: Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares del Conosur
  • 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. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=310753. Accessed 20 March 2019.