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Family: CUCURBITACEAE 

 Coccinia quinqueloba
 

Photo by R. Story.

  
Author:  CÚlestin Alfred Cogniaux 1881
Family:  Cucurbitaceae
Habitat:  South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium-Maximum
Sun:  Medium-Maximum
Thickness:  15 centimetres or more
Height:  4 meters or more
Flower:  Yellow
Reproduction:  Seeds/Cuttings
Pop names:  Ivy Gourd, Scarlet Gourd, Scarlet-Fruited Gourd
Synonyms:  Bryonia quinqueloba, Carl Peter Thunberg 1807. Cephalandra quinqueloba, Schrad. 1836. Momordica quinqueloba, Ernst Heinrich Friedrich Meyer

Male flower. Photos by R. Story.

   This member of the Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by CÚlestin Alfred Cogniaux in 1881. It is found in South Africa, growing in rich but drained soil with some to lots of water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 15 centimetres or more in diameter, the vines can reach four meters or more. The plants are either male or female.

Photo by R. Story.