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: 01-May-2018
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 3 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)


Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: fruit (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
    • WESTERN SOUTH AMERICA: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, [Azuay, Canar, Carchi, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, El Oro, Imbabura, Loja, Napo, Pichincha, Tungurahua] Peru [Cuzco, Huanuco, Junin]


    Southern America


  1. 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.
  2. Badillo, V. M. Monografia de la familia Caricaceae. 1971 (Monog Caricaceae) 105-111.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Harling, G. & B. Sparre, eds. Flora of Ecuador. (F Ecuador)
  6. Jørgensen, P. M. & S. León-Yánez, eds. Catalogue of the vascular plants of Ecuador. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 75. 1999 (L Ecuador)
  7. 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.
  8. Ochoa, J. et al. 2003. Interacciones entre Fusarium oxysporum y Meloidogyne incognita causantes de marchitez vascular en papayas de altura Fitopatología 38:170-175.
  9. Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Soukup, J. Vocabulario de los nombres vulgares de la flora peruana. (Names Soukup)
  14. Uphof, J. C. T. Dictionary of economic plants, ed. 2. (Dict Econ Pl)
  15. 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.
  16. 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.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2018. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: Accessed 21 May 2018.