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Taxon: Mirabilis expansa (Ruiz & Pav.) Standl.

Genus: Mirabilis
Family: Nyctaginaceae
Tribe: Nyctagineae
Nomen number: 315430
Place of publication: Publ. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Bot. Ser. 11:113. 1931
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 24-May-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 29-Nov-2006
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System


Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Animal food: potential as fodder
  • Human food: vegetable

Distributional Range:


    Southern America
    • WESTERN SOUTH AMERICA: Bolivia, Peru


    Southern America
    • WESTERN SOUTH AMERICA: Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru


  1. Brako, L. & J. L. Zarucchi Catalogue of the flowering plants and gymnosperms of Peru. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 45. 1993 (L Peru)
  2. Chia W., J. A. et al. 2006. Diversidad genética molecular de Mirabilis expansa mediante RAPD Ecol. Aplicada 5:81-86.
  3. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource). (Ecocrop)
  4. Instituto de Botánica Darwinion Flora del Conosur. Catálogo de las plantas vasculares. (F ConoSur)
  5. Jørgensen, P. M., ed. Catálogo de las plantas vasculares de Bolivia (Catalogue of vascular plants of Bolivia) (on-line resource). (L Bolivia Online)
  6. Killeen, T. J. et al. Guia de arboles de Bolivia. 1993 (Trees Bolivia)
  7. Macbride, J. F. et al., eds. Flora of Peru. 1936-1971; new ser. 1980- (F Peru)
  8. Markle, G. M. et al., eds. Food and feed crops of the United States, ed. 2. 1998 (Food Feed Crops US)
  9. Seminario, J. 1993. Aspectos etnobotánicos y morfológicos del chago, miso o mauka (Mirabilis expansa R. y P.) en el Perú Bol. Lima 86:71-79.
  10. Seminario, J. F. & M. A. Valderrama 2012. Variabilidad morfológica y evaluación agronómica de maukas Mirabilis expansa (Ruiz & Pav.) Standl. del norte peruano Revista Peruana Biol. 19:249-256.
  11. van Zant, M. K. 2016. History of Mirabilis expansa (Ruiz and Pav.) Standl.; growth and use in the Andes Atlas J. Biol. 236-248.
  12. Zandstra, I. 1994. Japanese, Swiss, Germans collaborate with CIP to save endangered biodiversity of Andean roots and tubers (Diversity) 10:31-33.

Check other web resources for Mirabilis expansa (Ruiz & Pav.) Standl. :

  • 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=315430. Accessed 19 March 2019.