Wanted plant genetics

Contact us to send seeds, cuttings, or bare-rooted plants. They can be sent to our general mail address here in Ecuador, or (preferably) they can be sent to people who are flying here from the US, Europe, or Australia. Note that while we do need seeds, what we need even more are cuttings (including scions, layers, suckers, and so forth) and/or grafted plants of superior cultivars and species that are slow-growing or highly-variable from seed. Please also check the “Seeds NOT To Bring“, “Recommended Nurseries“, and “Recommended Seed Sources” lists at the bottom.

Cultivars listed below are in preferential order for trees/palms/papayas/bananas and in alphabetical order for other plants.

Most Important

  1. Mangifera casturi (Kasturi / Kastooree) ~~ fresh fruits, seeds, or seedling plants
  2. Durio dulcis (Lahong) ~~ fresh unfrozen seeds, or grafted plants
  3. Durio graveolens (Durian Burung / Red Durian) ~~ fresh unfrozen seeds, or grafted plants
  4. Durio kinabaluensis (Tapuloh / Durian Kinabalu) ~~ fresh unfrozen seeds
  5. Citrus spp. ~~ cuttings or grafted plants: Minneola tangelo; Gold Nugget, Setoka, Temple, or Umatilla tangor; Dancy tangerine; Maltese or Tarocco blood orange; Cara-Cara navel orange; Lemonade sweet lemon; Banpeiyu, Liang Ping Yau, or Halawa pomelo
  6. Persea americana (Avocado) ~~ cuttings or grafted plants: Choquette, Holiday, Jan Boyce, Mexicola Grande, Russell, or Secondo AND Hellen, Kampong, Malama, Nimlioh, Nishikawa, Oro Negro, Sharwil, Sheppard, or Yamagata
  7. Pouteria viridis (Green Sapote) ~~ cuttings or grafted plants: Makawao, Fairchild
  8. Manilkara zapota (Sapodilla) ~~ layers or grafted plants: Alano
  9. Canarium odontophyllum (Buah Dabai) ~~ air-layers or grafted plants: Laja AND Lulong
  10. Dacryodes edulis (Safou) ~~ preferably male and female air-layers
  11. Annona scleroderma (Posh-te / Cawésh) ~~ preferably grafted Fasho
  12. Artocarpus integer (Chempedak) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Champion, Brunei, Sri Temoh, Chin, Kapa
  13. Artocarpus altilis (Breadfruit) ~~ root cuttings, root shoots, or plants: Afara, Pucro, Havana, seedless Temaipo
  14. Artocarpus lanceifolius (Keledang)
  15. Ficus carica (Edible Fig) ~~ cuttings or grafted plants: Conadria, Excel, Poona, White Triana
  16. Oenocarpus bataua (Ungurahua / Patauá / Komboe) ~~ fresh fruits or plants
  17. Pouteria campechiana (Canistel / Egg Fruit) ~~ layers or grafted plants: Ross, Fairchild, Trompo, Oro, Aurea, Lyndall
  18. Annona cherimola X squamosa (Atemoya) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Dream, Gefner, African Pride
  19. Pouteria sapota (Mamey Sapote) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Lara, Flores, Abuelo, Pace
  20. Macadamia spp. ~~ layers or grafted plants: A16, 816, Dana White, Arkin, Vista, James
  21. Carica papaya (Papaya) ~~ heirloom/non-GMO Khak Dam, Coorg Honey Dew, Mexican
  22. Tagetes lucida (Sweetscented Marigold)

Also Helpful

  • Durio kutejensis (Durian Pulu / Lai) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Belimbing, Mahakam, Merah, Bara, Kuning, Besar
  • Durio oxleyanus (Durian Isu / Kerantungan) ~~ fresh unfrozen seeds, or grafted plants
  • Durio testudinarius (Durian Kura-Kura) ~~ fresh unfrozen seeds, or grafted plants
  • Durio zibethinus (Durian / King of Fruits) ~~ scions or grafted plants: D163 / Hor Lor, D164 / Ang Bak, Royal ASFA50, D197 / Mao Shan Wang / Kunyit / Musang King, D200 / Duri Hitam / Black Thorn, D99 / Kop / Gob, D174 / Haji Sani, D160 / Buluh Bawah / Teka, D162 / Tawa, Tub Tim, Tool-tha-wai, D168 / Mas Hajah Hasmah / Mas Muar, Puyat, Kob White, Duyaya, D175 / Udang Merah / Red Prawn, Puangmanee, Sithong, D146 / Lumpur Mas, Kra Dum Thong, D150 / Emping Mas, Thongsuk, Nanam
  • Durio kinabaluensis (Tapuloh / Durian Kinabalu) ~~ fresh unfrozen seeds
  • Durio macrantha ~~ fresh unfrozen seeds
  • Cocos nucifera (Coconut) ~~ “sloshing” fruits, or plants: Niu Leka / Samoan Dwarf, Red Malayan Dwarf
  • Anonidium mannii (Junglesop)
  • Annona cacans (Araticum Cagao)
  • Annona salzmannii (Beach Araticum)
  • Annona jamaicensis
  • Annona squamosa (Sugar Apple) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Thai Lessard, Na Di
  • Annona purpurea (Soncoya)
  • Annona reticulata (Custard Apple) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Sartenaya, Tikal, San Pablo, Benque
  • Mangifera indica (Common Mango) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Nam Doc Mai, Sia Tong, Mun Kun Si, Miyazaki / Egg of the Sun, Rainbow, Shuixian, Bolt, Carrie, Maha Chanook, Butter Cream, Lancetilla, Okrung, Rapoza Dwarf, Glenn, Sunrise, Keitt, Rosigold, Choc Anon, Angie, Tilafono, Tong Dum / Black Gold, Venus, Carabao, Fairchild, Edward, Van Dyke, Imam Pasand, Ice Cream, San Felipe
  • Mangifera quadrifida (Betong / Asam Kumbang) ~~ scions or grafted plants
  • Mangifera odorata (Kuini / Saipan Mango) ~~ grafted plants: Kaweni, Gandarassa
  • Dacryodes klaineana (Monkey Plum) ~~ preferably male and female air-layers
  • Artocarpus heterophyllus (Jackfruit) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Orange Crush, Red Morning, Kapa
  • Artocarpus lacucha (Lakoocha)
  • Ficus auriculata (Roxburgh Fig) ~~ cuttings or grafted plants
  • Musa spp. (Banana) ~~ sword suckers: Pisang Ceylon, Ice Cream / Blue Java, Guineo Cuadrado, FHIA-18 / Apple / Bananza, Philippine Lakatan, Gros Michel, Guineo Norte, Pisang Awak / Dwarf Namwah, Guineo Caben, Dwarf Red
  • Garcinia mangostana (Mangosteen) ~~ scions or grafted plants
  • Garcinia humilis (Achacha)
  • Garcinia prainiana (Cherapu)
  • Garcinia intermedia (Lemon Mangosteen) ~~ fresh fruits or plants
  • Garcinia livingstonei (Imbe)
  • Platonia esculenta (Bacuri) ~~ root cuttings or grafted plants
  • Casimiroa edulis (White Sapote) ~~ cuttings or grafted plants: Wilson, Pike, McDill, Chris, Cuccio, Denzler
  • Blighia sapida (Akee) ~~ scions or plants: firm-fruited “Cheese” types
  • Diospryros kaki (Japanese Persimmon) ~~ scions or grafted plants: South Florida
  • Diospyros digyna (Black Sapote) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Bernicker / Bernecker, Superb, Maher, Mérida / Reinecke
  • Myrciaria vexator (Blue Jaboticaba) ~~ grafted plants
  • Plinia cauliflora (Jaboticaba) ~~ cuttings or grafted plants
  • Solanum cajanumense (Casana)
  • Solanum betaceum (Tree Tomato / Tamarillo) ~~ preferably cuttings or plants: only yellow-/gold-fruited cultivars such as Goldmine, Bold Gold, Kaitaia Yellow
  • Dysoxylum parasiticum (Duku) ~~ layers or grafted plants: Du 1
  • Chrysophyllum cainito (Star Apple) ~~ air-layers or grafted plants: Haitian Star
  • Mauritia flexuosa (Muriti/Moriche/Aguaje)
  • Euterpe oleracea (Açaí Palm) ~~ fresh fruits, moist seeds, or suckers: Pará Dwarf / Super Berry
  • Astrocaryum murumuru (Murumuru)
  • Syagrus romanzoffiana (Queen Palm)
  • Litchi chinensis subsp. philippinensis (Alupag) ~~ air-layers or grafted plants
  • Morus macroura (Long Mulberry) ~~ layers or grafted plants
  • Mammea americana (Mammee Apple) ~~ grafted plants: Jinotepe, Waimanalo
  • Bouea macrophylla (Maprang) ~~ grafted plants: Ma-yong Chid, Wan
  • Spondias dulcis ~~ grafted plants: Dwarf Ambarella
  • Averrhoa carambola (Star Fruit) ~~ grafted plants: Fwang Tung, Kari, Bell, Giant Siam, Sri Kembangan, Thai Knight, B17, B10, Arkin
  • Clausena lansium (Wampee) ~~ air-layers or grafted plants: Chi Hsin, Yeem Pay, Guy Sam
  • Melicoccus bijugatus (Spanish Lime) ~~ air-layers or grafted plants: José Pabon, Sasa
  • Canarium ovatum (Pili Nut)
  • Terminalia kaernbachii (Okari Nut)
  • Couepia polyandra (Olosapo)
  • Sandoricum koetjape (Santol) ~~ air-layers or grafted plants
  • Pouteria glomerata (Cinnamon Apple)
  • Salacca affinis (Ridan Fruit)
  • Endopleura uchi (Uxi)
  • Eleiodoxa conferta (Asam Paya)
  • Passiflora nitida ~~ seeds or cuttings
  • Passiflora laurifolia (Water Lemon) ~~ fresh fruits, or fresh/moist seeds, or softwood cuttings
  • Passiflora mollissima (Banana Passionfruit) ~~ fresh fruits, or fresh/moist seeds, or softwood cuttings
  • Eugenia brasiliensis (Grumichama)
  • Genipa americana (Huito / Jagua)
  • Rosenbergiodendron formosum (Blackberry Jam Fruit)
  • Syzygium cumini (Java Plum / Jamun) ~~ grafted plants: Ra Jaman
  • Manilkara hexandra (Palu / Khirni) (rootstock for M. zapota) ~~ seeds
  • Cannabis sativa (Hemp) ~~ viable seeds: Fedora 17, CS
  • Ipomoea aquatica ~~ preferably fresh/moist cuttings as from Asian markets
  • Coccinia grandis (Ivy Gourd / Tindora)
  • Sicana odorifera (Cassabanana)
  • Luffa acutangula (Angled Luffa)
  • Cucurbita ficifolia (Figleaf Gourd / Zambo
  • Abelmoschus manihot (Sunset Muskmallow) ~~ seeds or fresh cuttings: Aunt Lili’s South Sea Salad Tree
  • Stellaria recurvata (Starwort)
  • Azadirachta indica (Neem)
  • Elaeagnus latifolia (Bastard Oleaster)
  • Parkia speciosa (Petai / Stink Bean)
  • Archidendron pauciflorum (Djenkol)
  • Erythrina edulis (Basul / Guato) ~~ fresh seeds or pods
  • Canavalia ensiformis (Wonder Bean)
  • Symphytum officinale (Common Comfrey) — seeds or root cuttings
  • Cornutia pyramidata (Tropical Lilac / Azulejo)
  • Tithonia diversifolia (Mexican Sunflower)
  • Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm)
  • Corymbia citriodora (Eucalyptus Citriodora)
  • Elsholtzia ciliata (Crested Latesummer Mint / Kinh Giới
  • Persicaria odorata (Rau Ram / Laksa Leaf)
  • Allium tuberosum (Chinese Chives) ~~ bulbs or plants
  • Ocimum campechianum (Amazonian Basil)
  • Tanacetum vulgare (Common Tansy)
  • Achillea spp. (Yarrow)
  • Maclura pomifera (Osage Orange)
  • Nastus elatus ~~ New Guinea Green
  • Pachyrhizus erosus (Jicama)
  • Polymnia sonchifolia (Yacón)
  • Coriandrum sativum (Cilantro / Coriander) ~~ Caribe, other open-pollinated slow-bolting
  • Abelmoschus esculentus (Okra) ~~ Abigail’s Coffee, Beck’s Big Buck Horn, Burgundy, Burmese, Cajun Jewel, Clemson Spineless, Edna Slaton’s Candelabra, Emerald Green Velvet, Evertender, Fife Creek Cowhorn, Gold Coast, Louisiana 16-inch-long Pod, Perkins, Silver Queen, Vidrines Midget Cowhorn, Stewart’s Zeebest, Stelley
  • Eleocharis dulcis (Water Chestnut) ~~ corms: Hon Matai
  • Rungia klossii (Mushroom Plant)
  • Phaseolus lunatus (Lima Bean) ~~ Guatemalan Black, Henderson, other open-pollinated bush cultivars
  • Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli)
  • …or useful/delicious wet-tropical plants that are yet unknown to us, maybe!
  • Lower Priority

  • Microcitrus australasica (Australian Finger Lime) ~~ grafted plants: Alstonville, Emma, Judy’s Everbearing
  • Carissa macrocarpa (Natal Plum / Noem-Noem) ~~ air-layers or grafted plants: Gifford, Fancy
  • Ziziphus mauritania (Indian Jujube / Ber) ~~ grafted plants: Umran, Gular Bashi, Mudia Murhara
  • Annona muricata (Soursop / Guanábana) ~~ scions or grafted plants: Cuban Fibreless
  • Psidium cattleianum (Strawberry Guava)
  • Psidium guajava (Common Guava) ~~ only grafted plants of White Bangkok Giant
  • Byrsonima crassifolia (Nance) ~~ grafted plants of large-fruited (≥2cm diameter) strains
  • Canarium album (Gan Lan / White Chinese Olive) ~~ male and female air-layers or grafted plants: Maken22, Huangzhuang Wulan, Liqiu Wulan, Chashulan, Tanxiang
  • Eriobotrya japonica (Loquat) ~~ grafted plants: Tanaka AND Advance
  • Nephelium ramboutan-ake (Pulasan) ~~ grafted plants: UH Selection
  • Aloysia virgata (Sweet Almond Verbena) ~~ seeds or cuttings
  • Chrysophyllum oliviforme (Satinleaf) (rootstock for C. cainito) ~~ seeds
  • Raphanus sativus (Radish) ~~ Chinese Green/Red Meat, Early Scarlet Globe, Early Yellow Turnip-Rooted, Easter Egg, Giant Luo Buo, Minowase Daikon, Miyashige Daikon, Okhura Winter Queen Daikon, Sakurajima Mammoth, Shogoin Globe, Sora, Wasabi, Watermelon, Zlata
  • Daucus carota (Carrot) ~~ open-pollinated Chantenay Red Core, Coeur de Rouge, Danvers 126 Half-Long, Early Scarlet Horn, Kuroda Long 8, Muscade, Nantes Scarlet, New Kuroda, Oxheart, Parisienne, Purple Dragon, Royal Chantenay, Shin Kuroda
  • Apium graveolens (Celery) ~~ Chinese, Golden Leaf, other open-pollinated heat-tolerant
  • Citrullus lanatus (Watermelon) ~~ All Sweet, Blacktail Mountain, Charlene, Charleston Gray, Congo, Crimson Sweet, Japanese Cream, Hime Kansen, Kaho, Mickylee, Mississippi Cobb Gem, Odell’s Large White, Orange Crunch, Orangeglo, Quetzali, Scaly Bark, Strawberry, Sugar Baby, Thai Rom Dao, Wilson’s Sweet
  • Dialium indum (Tamarind Plum)
  • Manilkara bidentata (Ausubo)
  • Attalea phalerata (Urucuri / Shapaja)
  • Attalea speciosa (Babassu)
  • Daemonorops didymophylla (Rotan Jernang)
  • Cucumis sativus (Cucumber) ~~ Chinese Snake, Long China, Natsu Suzumi, Poona Kheera, Sanjaku Kiuri / Yamato Sanjaku, Satsuki Madori, Shintokiwa, Sikkim, Suyo Long, Tokiwa, Tsuyataro, Wautoma
  • Canna indica (Achira / Indian Shot) ~~ tubers
  • Musa textilis (Abacá) ~~ suckers: Tangongon
  • Capsicum annuum ‘Bird’s Eye’ (Thai Bird’s Eye Chilli)
  • Capsicum annuum ‘Cayenne’ (Cayenne)
  • Seeds NOT To Bring

  • Cherimoya
  • Kiwifruit
  • Olive
  • Walnut
  • Pomegranate
  • Apple, Pear, Plum, et cetera
  • Temperate-climate fruits or fruits that have a chill requirement
  • F1 hybrid cultivars (explained here with more information here.)
  • Please don’t just bring a bag full of temperate-climate vegetable seeds. We need those (certain open-pollinated ones, anyway), but even more importantly, we need exotic wet-tropical fruits. Let us know if you need further suggestions of which species/cultivars to order or from where, and you can also check your local Asian market for cherapu, lahong, red durian, keledang, lakoocha, et cetera.

    Recommended Nurseries

  • Lara Farms (Miami, FL, USA)
  • Pine Island Nursery (Miami, FL, USA)
  • Excalibur Fruit Trees (Lake Worth, FL, USA)
  • Just Fruits and Exotics (Crawfordville, FL, USA)
  • Bender’s Grove (Davie, FL, USA)
  • Plant-O-Gram (Windermere, FL, USA)
  • Top Tropicals (Ft Myers, FL, USA)
  • Frankie’s Nursery (Waimanalo, HI, USA)
  • Champa Nursery (El Monte, CA, USA)
  • Ong Nursery (San Diego, CA, USA)
  • Zill’s Nursery (Orotina, Alajuela, Costa Rica)
  • Canarius (Tenerife, Canary Islands)
  • Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery (Kyogle, NSW, Australia)
  • [MORE COMING SOON]

    Recommended Seed Sources

  • http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/
  • http://www.fruitlovers.com/
  • http://guaycuyacu.net/
  • http://www.seedman.com/
  • http://www.rarexoticseeds.com/
  • http://www.rarepalmseeds.com/
  • http://www.worldagroforestry.org/products/grunew/index.php/seeds
  • http://www.organicfarm.net/seeds.htm
  • http://www.montosogardens.com/
  • http://banana-tree.com/
  • http://jungleseeds.co.uk/
  • http://www.plant-world-seeds.com/
  • http://sowtrueseed.com/
  • http://www.seedsavers.org/how-to-save-seeds
  • http://www.fedcoseeds.com/
  • http://www.seedlibrary.org/
  • http://sustainableseedco.com/
  • http://www.rareseeds.com/
  • http://www.highmowingseeds.com/
  • http://www.anniesheirloomseeds.com/
  • https://botanicalinterests.com/
  • https://www.opencircleseeds.com/about
  • https://www.sundialseed.com/articles/1
  • https://www.redwoodseeds.net/
  • https://www.humeseeds.com/
  • https://www.adaptiveseeds.com/
  • http://www.kitazawaseed.com/
  • http://www.seedsnow.com/
  • http://www.southernexposure.com/
  • https://www.plantgoodseed.com/pages/shop
  • https://www.myseedneeds.com/pages/about-us
  • Santa Monica Farmer’s Market (Santa Monica, CA, USA)
  • …or your own plants, maybe!
  • Some seeds have a short shelf life, so you should either obtain them right before you leave or sprout them in a pot and bring the baby plants bare-rooted. Contact us for instructions on packing whichever seeds, cuttings, or bare-rooted plants you’ll be bringing. This video might also be helpful:
    Transporting Plant Material Internationally