Fernaldia pandurata

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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Fernaldia
F. pandurata
Binomial name
Fernaldia pandurata
A. DC., 1844; Woodson, 1932
  • Echites panduratus A.DC.
  • Amblyanthera pandurata (A.DC.) Müll.Arg.
  • Angadenia pandurata (A.DC.) Miers
  • Urechites karwinskii Müll.Arg.
  • Echites barbatus Sessé & Moc. 1893 not Desv. ex Ham. 1825 nor D. Dietr. 1839
  • Mandevilla velutina K.Schum.
  • Mandevilla potosina Brandegee
  • Echites pinguifolius Standl
  • Fernaldia brachypharynx Woodson
  • Fernaldia pandurata var. glabra Molina
  • Fernaldia glabra (Molina) Lundell

Fernaldia pandurata (common name: loroco [loˈɾoko]) is a vine with edible flowers, widespread in El Salvador, Guatemala, and other countries in Central America.[1][2][3]

Fernaldia pandurata is an important source of food in Guatemala and El Salvador. The plant's buds and flowers are used for cooking in a variety of ways, including in pupusas.

The name "loroco" is used throughout Mesoamerica to refer to Fernaldia pandurata.[4]

Fernaldia pandurata is an herbaceous vine with oblong-elliptical to broadly ovate leaves 4–13 centimetres (1.6–5.1 in). long, 1.5–8 cm broad, inflorescences are generally somewhat shorter than the leaves, with 8–18 flowers, the pedicels 4–6 mm. long; bracts ovate, 1–2 millimetres (0.039–0.079 in) long; calyx lobes ovate, acute or obtuse, 2–3 mm. long; corolla white within, greenish outside.[4]

Fernaldia pandurata: Cropped buds for cooking


  1. ^ a b "Fernaldia pandurata". Kew World Checklist of Selected plant Families. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  2. ^ Davidse, G. & al. (eds.) (2009). Flora Mesoamericana 4(1): 1-855. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México, D.F..
  3. ^ Morales, J.F. (2009). Estudios en las Apocynaceae neotropicales XXXIX: revisión de las Apocynoideae y Rauvolfioideae de Honduras. Anales del Jardin Botanico de Madrid 66: 217-262.
  4. ^ a b Azurdia, César; Loroco (Fernaldia pandurata, Apocynaceae), a Mesoamerican species in the process of domestication
  • S. Facciola (1990). Cornucopia. A source book of edible plants. Kampong.
  • León, J., H. Goldbach & J. Engels, 1979: Die genetischen Ressourcen der Kulturpflanzen Zentralamerikas., Int. Genbank CATIE/GTZ in Turrialba, Costa Rica, San Juan de Tibás, Costa Rica, 32 pp.
  • Morton, J. F., E. Alvarez & C. Quiñonez, 1990: Loroco, Fernaldia pandurata (Apocynaceae): a popular edible flower of Central America. Economic Botany 44, 301–310.

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