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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. Last Changed: 03-Dec-2010
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA)
Accessions: 16 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System


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 fide Biol Cucurb 322. 1990); oil/fat (from seeds fide Biol Cucurb 322. 1990); seeds (from seeds fide Biol Cucurb 322. 1990)
  • Materials:
  • Medicines: folklore

Distributional Range:


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


    • Africa (also cult.)


  1. PROTABASE, the information base of PROTA (Plant Resources of Tropical Africa) (on-line resource). (PROTA4U)
  2. Exell, A. W. et al., eds. Flora zambesiaca. (F Zamb)
  3. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource). (Ecocrop)
  4. Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard)
  5. Personal Care Products Council International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI)
  6. Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  7. Rosengarten, F. The book of edible nuts. 1984 (Edible Nuts)
  8. Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. Flora of tropical East Africa. (F TE Afr)
  9. Walters, S. M. et al., eds. European garden flora. (Eur Gard F)
  10. Whitake, T. W. 1990. Cucurbits of potential economic importance (Biol Cucurb) 322.

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. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=80126. Accessed 23 April 2019.