Guatemalan home gardeners holding Parasicyos
maculatus, an indigenous Curcurbitaceae
species whose root is used for rat poison.
by: © Werner Orando, Universidad San Carlos, Guatemala. ©
Copyright International Plant Genetic Resources Institute 2004.
All rights reserved.
This Monoecious member of
the Cucurbitaceae was
Rafael Lira Saade &
Rafael Torres Colin
in 1991. It is found in Mexico. In
needs a well drained soil, some water and some sun. The caudex is
large, and the vines will climb for four meters.
Other genus: Parasicyos
maculatus Dieterle 1975, from Guatemala. Used for rat poison.