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 kicking 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|
|Mani||Peanut||Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis|
|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, vegetable gourd||Cucunis acutangulus|
|Upo||Bottle gourd||Lagenaria siceraria|
|Labanos||White radish||Raphanus sativus|
The basic rule for writing a scientific name
- Use both genus and species name: Felis catus.
- Italicize the whole name.
- Capitalize only the genus name. (In the past you would capitalize the species designation if it was derived from a proper name, e.g., Megalonyx Jeffersonii, but now the species designation is always lowercased: Megalonyx jeffersonii.)
Hope this helps!