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Taxon: Plukenetia volubilis L.

Genus: Plukenetia
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Subfamily: Acalyphoideae
Tribe: Plukenetieae
Subtribe: Plukenetiinae
Nomen number: 416787
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:1192. 1753
Link to protologue:
Typification: View in Linnean Typification Project
Name Verified on: 02-May-2000 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 0 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: oil/fat; potential as seeds
  • Materials: potential as lipids (fide http://www.fao.org/docrep/X5043E/x5043E0a.htm,)

Distributional Range:


    Southern America
    • CARIBBEAN: Dominica, St. Lucia
    • NORTHERN SOUTH AMERICA: Venezuela [Amazonas, Miranda, Federal District]
    • BRAZIL: Brazil [Pará]
    • WESTERN SOUTH AMERICA: Colombia, [Chocó] Ecuador, [Carchi, Los Ríos, Napo, Sucumbíos] Peru [Amazonas, Cusco, Junín, Loreto, Madre de Dios, Pasco, San Martín]


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  2. Correa, J. E. & H. Y. Bernal. 1992. Especies vegetales promisorias de los paises del Convenio Andres Bello. 7:577-596.
  3. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 1992. Minor oil crops. FAO Agricultural Services Bulletin no. 94. Note: re. potential use a lipid
  4. Govaerts, R. et al. 2000. World checklist and bibliography of Euphorbiaceae
  5. Hamaker, B. R. et al. 1992. Amino acid and fatty acid profiles of the Inca peanut Plukenetia volubilis. Cereal Chem. 69:461-463.
  6. Howard, R. 1974-1989. Flora of the lesser Antilles.
  7. IPGRI. New World Fruits Database (on-line resource).
  8. Jørgensen, P. M. & S. León-Yánez, eds. 1999. Catalogue of the vascular plants of Ecuador. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 75
  9. León, B. 2008. pers. comm.
  10. Personal Care Products Council. INCI
  11. Sathe, S. K. et al. 2002. Isolation, purification, and biochemical characterization of a novel water soluble protein from Inca peanut (Plukenetia volubilis L.). J. Agric. Food Chem. 50:4906-4908.
  12. Steyermark, J. A. et al., eds. 1995-. Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. Note: Missouri Botanical Garden & Timber Press

Check other web resources for Plukenetia volubilis L. :

  • New World Fruits Database: Online database from Bioversity International
  • 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. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=416787. Accessed 16 February 2020.