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Taxon: Telfairia pedata (Sm.) Hook.

Genus: Telfairia
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Tribe: Joliffieae
Nomen number: 80126
Place of publication: Bot. Mag. 54: t. 2751-52. 1827
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 04-Mar-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 16 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

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

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

Common names:

  • oysternut  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • queen's-nut  (Source: PROTA4U) - English
  • Zanzibar oilvine  (Source: Biol Cucurb) - English
  • châtaigne de l'Inhambane  (Source: PROTA4U) - French
  • kouémé  (Source: PROTA4U) - French
  • liane de Joliff  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • Talerkürbis  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German
  • castanha-de-Inhambane  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Portuguese
  • kueme  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • mkwema  (Source: PROTA4U) - Swahili
  • mkweme  (Source: PROTA4U) - Swahili

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: fruit (from seeds) oil/fat (from seeds) seeds (from seeds)
  • Materials:
  • Medicines: folklore

Distributional Range:


    • EAST TROPICAL AFRICA: Tanzania (incl. Zanzibar Is. & Pemba Is.)


    • Africa (also cult.)


  1. Exell, A. W. et al., eds. 1960-. Flora zambesiaca.
  2. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource). URL: http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/cropListDetails?code=&relation=beginsWith&name=Telfairia+pedata&quantity=1 target='_blank'
  3. Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening
  4. Personal Care Products Council. INCI
  5. Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants
  6. Rosengarten, F. 1984. The book of edible nuts
  7. Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. 1952-. Flora of tropical East Africa.
  8. Walters, S. M. et al., eds. 1986-2000. European garden flora.
  9. Whitake, T. W. 1990. Cucurbits of potential economic importance. Biology and utilization of the Cucurbitaceae 322.
  10. PROTABASE, the information base of PROTA (Plant Resources of Tropical Africa) (on-line resource).

Check other web resources for Telfairia pedata (Sm.) Hook. :

  • 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=80126. Accessed 4 July 2020.