Interim profile, incomplete information
Taxonomic name: Sechium edule (Jacq.) Sw.
Common names: chayotte (French-Reunion (La Réunion)), chouchou (French-Reunion (La Réunion)), christophine (French-Reunion (La Réunion))
Organism type: vine, climber
Sechium edule is a perennial from the Cucurbitaceae family. It is cultivated in the tropics for its fruit which are edible when ripe. The plant has climbing stems several metres in length. It can escape from gardens and become naturalized. It is considered invasive in New Caledonia.
agricultural areas, ruderal/disturbed
Native range: Probably Mexico and Guatemala.
Known introduced range: Hawaii, Guam, New Caledonia, Fiji, Niue, La Réunion (PIER, 2006).
Compiled by: Comité français de l'UICN (IUCN French Committee) & IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)
Last Modified: Friday, 14 March 2008