Common Name: Chayote (Christophene, Christophine, Cho-Cho, Mirliton)
Latin Name:Sechium edule
Family Name: Cucurbitaceae
Chayote is a member of the Cucurbita family of plants and while not actually toxic to tortoises, we recommend that the leaves and flowers are only fed in small quantities.
There is a theory that the fruit and seeds of some members of this family have anthelmintic (ability to destroy or expel worms) properties, but there is no hard evidence to substantiate this and the fruit should only be offered to fruit-eating species.
The roots of the Chayote are tuberous, and should never be fed.