The distribution of heavy metals in leaves, stems and
roots of fluted pumpkin (Telfeiria ocidentalis) was evaluated using
chemical analysis. The results show the following sequence Fe (3.14 μg/g)
> Cu (0.88 μg/g) > Mn (0.40μg/g) > Pb (0.13μg/g)
> Cr (0.08 μg/g) > Zn (0.04μg/g) in the leaves and Cu
(1.52 μg/g) > Fe (1.12 μg/g) > Mn (0.20 μg/g) >
Zn (0.08 μg/g) > Pb (0.04 μg/g) in the stem with Fe (1.67
μg/g) > Cu (0.53μg/g) > Mn (0.25 μg/g) > Zn (0.09
μg/g) > Pb (0.03μg/g) in the roots. The results also showed
that the concentrations of Fe, Mn, Pb and Cr were highest in the leaves,
Cu concentration was highest in the stems while that of Zn was highest
in the roots. It was also revealed that Fe concentrations was the highest
at all the locations in the leaves and roots. While Cu had the highest
concentration in the stems.
Edem , Christopher A. Dosunmu, Miranda I. and Bassey Fransisca I., 2009. Distribution of Heavy Metals in Leaves, Stems and Roots of Fluted Pumpkin (Telfeiria occidentalis). Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 8: 222-224.