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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: https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/41588358
Name Verified on: 12-Apr-2018 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 25 (7 active, 3 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (Map)

Autonyms (not in current use), synonyms and invalid designations:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym, I invalid designation)

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; ornamental
  • Human food: fruit; fruit

Distributional Range:

    Cultivated (cult. in neotropics)

    Other (origin South America)


  1. Ball, T. et al. 2016. Phytoliths as a tool for investigations of agricultural origins and dispersals around the world. J. Archaeol. Sci. 68:32-45. Note: possible Amazonian origin
  2. Brako, L. & J. L. Zarucchi. 1993. Catalogue of the flowering plants and gymnosperms of Peru. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 45 Note: cultivated
  3. Encke, F. et al. 1984. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 13. Auflage
  4. Facciola, S. 1990. Cornucopia, a source book of edible plants Kampong Publications.
  5. Gómez-Pompa, A. & V. Sosa, eds. 1978-. Flora de Veracruz.
  6. Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. Note: re. Brazilian common names
  7. Howard, R. 1974-1989. Flora of the lesser Antilles. Note: cultivated
  8. Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening
  9. IPGRI. New World Fruits Database (on-line resource).
  10. Kunkel, G. 1984. Plants for human consumption
  11. 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. Note: International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI)
  12. Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants
  13. Walters, S. M. et al., eds. 1986-2000. European garden flora.
  14. 1961. Webster's third new international dictionary.

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

  • New World Fruits Database: Online database from Bioversity International
  • 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.


  • Seeds: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=33879. Accessed 26 May 2020.