Vasconcellea candicans

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Vasconcellea candicans
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Brassicales
Family: Caricaceae
Genus: Vasconcellea
V. candicans
Binomial name
Vasconcellea candicans

Vasconcellea candicans is a small tree native to the western slopes of the Andes in southern Ecuador and Peru.[1]


Small dioecious shrub or tree to 8 m high.[1] Leaves ovate or almost rounded, with a slightly cordate base, margin entire or sometimes sinuately dentate and obtuse or acute apex; palmately veined; glabrous above, hairy below.[2] Male inflorescence a small cyme with many flowers; tiny 5- or 7-lobed calyx; 5- or 7- lobed corolla; stamens twice as many as the lobes of the corolla, with linear-oblong anthers.[2] Flowers greenish to purplish. Fruit ellipsoidal, yellow green at maturity, 10-18 x 4-6 cm; many seeds.[1]

Vernacular names[edit]

Chungay (in Ecuador).[1]

Mito, uliucana, jerju, odeque (in Peru).[1]


Edible fruit.[1]


Propagated by seeds.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Vasconcella candicans". Retrieved 2016-06-12.
  2. ^ a b Gray, Asa (1854). "United States Exploring Expedition". v.15:pt.1: 640–641.