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Sechium edule 143-8738.jpg
Sechium edule
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Subfamily: Cucurbitoideae
Tribe: Sicyeae
Subtribe: Sicyinae
Genus: Sechium
  • S.chinantlense
  • S.compositum
  • S. edule - chayote
  • S.hintonii
  • S.pittieri
  • S.venosum[1]

Sechium is a genus in subtribe Sicyinea of the tribe Sicyeae of the gourd family Cucurbitaceae. Its best known member is the edible and widely cultivated chayote.

Main species[edit]

The accepted species in the genus are:[3]

Sechium edule fruit with its single internally germinating seed


  1. ^ Rafael Lira Saade (1996). Chayote: Sechium edule (Jacq.) Sw. (PDF). International Plant Genetic Resources Institute. 
  2. ^ "USDA GRIN Taxonomy". 
  3. ^ The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 11th March 2016)