Scientific names of vegetables in Bahay Kubo Song

Most Filipinos grew up learning the song “Bahay Kubo” (Nipa Hut) as it’s one of the staples of folk songs taught to children. Remembering all the vegetables mentioned in the lyrics is often given as a trivia challenge especially to adults just to test how well they still know the song. Being able to list all is already an amazing feat.

A more difficult challenge, even for geeks, is knowing the scientific names of each vegetable. I remember how my Biology instructor kicked off our Taxonomy class with this homework back in college and it was quite a daunting yet fun challenge.

So to help out anyone, call it a public service, I share to you a table of all the vegetables in the song “Bahay Kubo” along with its respective scientific name.

Filipino NameEnglish NameScientific Name
SingkamasMexican turnipPachyrhizus erosus
TalongEggplantSolanum melongena
SigarilyasWinged beansPsophocarpus tetragonolobus
ManiPeanutArachis hypogaea
SitawYardlong beansVigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis
BatawHyacinth beanLablab purpureus
PataniLima beansPhaseolus lunatus
KundolWinter melonBenincasa hispida
PatolaSponge gourd, vegetablegourdCucunis acutangulus
UpoBottle gourdLagenaria siceraria
Kalabasa SquashCucurbita maxima
LabanosWhite radishRaphanus sativus
MustasaMustardBrassica integrifolia
Sibuyas OnionAllium cepa
KamatisTomatoSolanum lycopersicum
Bawang GarlicAllium sativum
LuyaGingerZingiber officinale
LingaSesameSesamum indicum

Remember the rules in writing a scientific name:

Genus Name

  1. The genus name is written first.
  2. The genus name is always underlined or italicized.
  3. The first letter of the genus name is always capitalized.

Example: Allium or Allium

Specific Epithet

  1. The specific epithet is written second.
  2. The specific epithet is always underlined or italicized.
  3. The first letter of the specific epithet name is never capitalized.

Example: cepa or cepa

Scientific Name

The scientific name of this plant would appear as follows:
Allium cepa or Allium cepa


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1 Response

  1. Jasper says:

    Sitao must be yardlong beans, “string beans” I think is an informal Filipino term and it is being confused with other legume crops. And its scientific name is Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis

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