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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Sapindales

Familia: Rutaceae
Subfamilia: Amyridoideae
Genus: Casimiroa

Species: C. edulis - C. greggii - C. pringlei - C. sapota - C. tetrameria


Casimiroa La Llave

Nov. Veg. Descr. 2:2. 1825

Casimiroa is a genus of flowering plants in the family Rutaceae. It includes about 10 species native to Mexico and Central America. The genus is named for "an Otomi Indian, Casimiro Gómez, from the town of Cardonal in Hidalgo, Mexico, who fought and died in Mexico's war of independence." [1]

A general common name for plants of the genus is sapote.[2] Not all sapotes are members of this genus or even family, however; many sapotes are in the family Sapotaceae, especially the genus Pouteria, and the black sapote is part of the Ebenaceae.

Some species are cultivated. C. edulis (white sapote) produces edible fruit. It is also used as a shade tree in coffee plantations, as an ornamental, as an herbal remedy, and occasionally as lumber. C. sapota, which also produces edible fruit, is grown in Mexico, and C. tetrameria is also known in cultivation.[3]

Image Scientific name Common name Distribution
Casimiroa calderoniae Mexico (Puebla, Oaxaca)
Casimiroa-edulis-20070918.JPG Casimiroa edulis white sapote Mexico (Chiapas, Mexico City, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Michoacán, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Tlaxcala and Veracruz.)
Casimiroa emarginata Guatemala ( San Marcos)
Casimiroa greggii Mexico (Nuevo León, Tamaulipas)
Casimiroa microcarpa Mexico (Chiapas), Guatemala
Casimiroa pringlei Pringle's Sapote Mexico (San Luis Potosí, Durango, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas)
Casimiroa pubescens Mexico (Querétaro, Hidalgo)
Casimiroa sapota matasano Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
Casimiroa tetrameria.JPG Casimiroa tetrameria woolly-leaf white sapote, yellow sapote, matasano S. Mexico to Central America.
Casimiroa watsonii Mexico (Jalisco, Colima)


Casimiroa. Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).
Morton, J. F. White Sapote. p. 191–96. In: Fruits of Warm Climates. Miami, Florida. 1987.
GRIN Species Records of Casimiroa. Archived 2009-01-20 at the Wayback Machine Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN).
Casimiroa. The Plant List.
Casimiroa subordinate taxa. Tropicos.

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