Taxon: Sicana odorifera (Vell.) Naudin

Genus: Sicana
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Tribe: Cucurbiteae
Nomen number: 33879
Place of publication: Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot. sér. 4, 18:181, t. 8. 1862
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 12-Apr-2018 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 12-Apr-2018
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9)
Accessions: 7 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)


Common names:

  • casabanana  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • cassabanana  (Source: Websters Dict) - English
  • musk-cucumber  (Source: Cornucopia) - English
  • calebasse zombi  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • coroá  (Source: Dict Gard) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • cruá  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • curuá  (Source: Dict Gard) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • curubá  (Source: Dict Gard) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • melão-caboclo  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • cohombro de olor  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard; Zander ed13)
  • Human food: fruit ()
  • Human food: fruit ()

Distributional Range:

    Cultivated (cult. in neotropics)

    Other (origin South America)


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  4. Encke, F. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 13. Auflage. 1984 (Zander ed13)
  5. Facciola, S. Cornucopia, a source book of edible plants. 1990 (Cornucopia)
  6. Gómez-Pompa, A. & V. Sosa, eds. Flora de Veracruz. (F Veracruz)
  7. Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  8. Howard, R. Flora of the lesser Antilles. (F LAnt)
  9. Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard)
  10. IPGRI New World Fruits Database (on-line resource). (New World Fruits)
  11. Kunkel, G. Plants for human consumption. 1984 (L Edible Pl)
  12. Lira-Saade, R. 1995. Estudios taxonómicos y ecogeográficos de las Cucurbitaceae Latinoamericanas de importancia económica Syst. Ecogeogr. Stud. Crop Genepools 9:178-187, 189-191.
  13. Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  14. Walters, S. M. et al., eds. European garden flora. (Eur Gard F)

Check other web resources for Sicana odorifera (Vell.) Naudin :


  • Seeds: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image

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 17 June 2018.