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 Name||English Name||Scientific Name|
|Singkamas||Mexican turnip||Pachyrhizus erosus|
|Sigarilyas||Winged beans||Psophocarpus tetragonolobus|
|Sitaw||Yardlong beans||Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis|
|Bataw||Hyacinth bean||Lablab purpureus|
|Patani||Lima beans||Phaseolus lunatus|
|Kundol||Winter melon||Benincasa hispida|
|Patola||Sponge gourd, vegetablegourd||Cucunis acutangulus|
|Upo||Bottle gourd||Lagenaria siceraria|
|Labanos||White radish||Raphanus sativus|
Remember the rules in writing a scientific name:
- The genus name is written first.
- The genus name is always underlined or italicized.
- The first letter of the genus name is always capitalized.
Example: Allium or Allium
- The specific epithet is written second.
- The specific epithet is always underlined or italicized.
- The first letter of the specific epithet name is never capitalized.
Example: cepa or cepa
The scientific name of this plant would appear as follows:
Allium cepa or Allium cepa