Taxon: Vasconcellea pubescens A. DC.

Genus: Vasconcellea
Family: Caricaceae
Nomen number: 310753
Place of publication: Prodr. 15(1):419. 1864
Link to protologue:
Comment: the correct name in the genus Vasconcellea for this species is yet to be determined, since a choice under Melbourne ICN Art. 11.5 between V. pubescens A. DC. & V. cestriflora A. DC. has apparently not yet been made
Name Verified on: 07-Sep-2006 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 21-Jan-2014
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 3 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: fruit (fide Dict Econ Pl, as Carica candamarcensis & Carica cestriflora)
  • Gene sources: disease resistance for papaya (fide Pl Res SEAs 2:112. 1991, as Carica pubescens)
  • Gene sources: potential for cold tolerance in papaya (fide Euphytica 143:162. 2005)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of papaya (based on sterile hybrids with Carica papaya fide Acta Hort 859:361. 2010)

Distributional Range:


  • Southern America

    • Central America: Panama
    • Northern South America: Venezuela
    • Western South America: Bolivia ; Colombia ; Ecuador Azuay, Canar, Carchi, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, El Oro, Imbabura, Loja, Napo, Pichincha, Tungurahua; Peru Cuzco, Huanuco, Junin

  • Cultivated

  • Southern America

    • Southern South America: Chile


  • Badillo, V. M. 1997. Neotipificación de Carica pubescens Lenné et Koch y de Carica quercifolia (St. Hil.) Hieron. y nuevos registros de la familia para Ecuador (Ernstia) 6:201.
  • Badillo, V. M. Monografia de la familia Caricaceae. 1971 (Monog Caricaceae) 105-111.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Harling, G. & B. Sparre, eds. Flora of Ecuador. (F Ecuador)
  • Jørgensen, P. M. & S. León-Yánez, eds. Catalogue of the vascular plants of Ecuador. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 75. 1999 (L Ecuador)
  • 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.
  • Ochoa, J. et al. 2003. Interacciones entre Fusarium oxysporum y Meloidogyne incognita causantes de marchitez vascular en papayas de altura Fitopatología 38:170-175.
  • Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Soukup, J. Vocabulario de los nombres vulgares de la flora peruana. (Names Soukup)
  • Uphof, J. C. T. Dictionary of economic plants, ed. 2. (Dict Econ Pl)
  • 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.
  • 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.