When time and funding permit, each flower (each plant species) will have its own page, and its own PDF, and eventually its own PPT so that professors and students have plenty of material on Guatemala (and Honduras, etc) to study.

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Gonolobus, an edible vine from Asclepiadaceae Family

Liana with milky secretion (latex). Fruits green or yellowish green when ripe, with many seeds. Distributed from Guatemala to Costa Rica.

Cuchamper, Gonolobus leaves, this plant is a vine.
Cuchamper, Gonolobus leaves, this plant is a vine.

Cuchamper, Gonolobus leaves, this plant is a vine.

The young fruit can be eaten by cutting the ends and leaving them out all the lates, then scrape the skin and they add salt and lemon to taste. When seasons are preserved, are not known other use.

Cuchamper, Gonolobus fruti close, notice the shape of the fruit.

Cuchamper, Gonolobus fruti close, notice the shape of the fruit.


Cuchamper, Gonolobus fruit, notice the white latex emerging from the fruit.
Cuchamper, Gonolobus fruit, notice the white latex emerging from the fruit.

All parts of this plant, especially seeds and latex, are poisonous. Alkaloids used in medicine and as an insecticide. There is no record that the use of animals for food, but they are pollinated by insects.

There are several species belonging to this genus are edible and are commonly called "cuchamper" within which are:

  • Gonolobus barbatus
  • G. edulis
  • G. leianthus
  • G. salvinii
  • G. stenanthus
  • G. taylorianus
Cuchampper, Gonolobus opened fruit, notice the seeds and the edible inside of the fruit.

Cuchampper, Gonolobus opened fruit, notice the seeds and the edible inside of the fruit.



Cuchampera, Gonolobus lasiostema fruit at FLAAR studio office, this fruits were found at Sofias Monzon house. Photo by Sofia Monzon, Guatemala, Guatemala.
Cuchamper, Gonolobus lasiostema fruit at FLAAR studio office, these fruits were found at Sofia Monzon's house.
Photo by Sofia Monzon, Guatemala, Guatemala.

 

Cuchamper fruit still in the tree, photographed by Sofia Monzon with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i, Guatemala.

Cuchamper fruit still in the tree, photographed by Sofia Monzon with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i, Guatemala.

 

Cuchamper Gonolobus showing the poisonous seeds and latex expelled when the fruit is cut. Photo by Sofia Monzon with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i on November, 2011.

Cuchamper Gonolobus showing the poisonous seeds and latex expelled when the fruit is cut. Photo by Sofia Monzon with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i on November, 2011.

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