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Taxon: Lepidium peruvianum G. Chacón de Popovici

Synonym of Lepidium meyenii Walp.

Genus: Lepidium
Family: Brassicaceae (alt.Cruciferae)
Tribe: Lepidieae
Nomen number: 419435
Place of publication: Revista Peruana Biol. 3:202. 1990
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 09-Nov-2001 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 0 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System


  1. Al-Shehbaz, I. A. 2010. A synopsis of the South American Lepidium (Brassicaceae). Darwiniana 48:155.
  2. Al-Shehbaz, I. 2007. pers. comm. to Blanca León on 11 Apr Note: comparisons between wild Lepidium meyenii and the L. peruvianum type do not reveal any difference beyond the fleshy tubers of the latter, a difference seen in many other crucifers and insufficient to warrant separate species status
  3. Brako, L. & J. L. Zarucchi. 1993. Catalogue of the flowering plants and gymnosperms of Peru. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 45
  4. Chacón de Popovici, G. 1990. La maca (Lepidium peruvianum Chacón sp. nov.) y su hábitat. Revista Peruana Biol. 3:171-272.
  5. Li, Genyi et al. 2001. Glucosinolate content in maca (Lepidium peruvianum Chacón) seeds, sprouts, mature plants and several derived commercial products. Econ. Bot. 55:255-262.
  6. Quirós, C. F. et al. 1996. Physiological studies and determination of chromosome number in maca, Lepidium meyenii (Brassicaceae). Econ. Bot. 50:223. Note: compared maca with herbarium specimens labelled Lepidium meyenii and concluded that usage of L. peruvianum for cultivated specimens was justifiable

Check other web resources for Lepidium peruvianum G. Chacón de Popovici :

  • 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=419435. Accessed 29 May 2020.