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Family: CUCURBITACEAE 

 Momordica cardiospermoides
 

Photo from GP Desert.

  
Author:  Johann Friedrich Klotzsch 1861
Family:  Cucurbitaceae
Habitat:  Central - Southern Africa
Soil:  Sand - Mix
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  30 centimetres
Height:  6-10 metres
Flower:  Yellow
Reproduction:  Seeds/Cuttings
Pop names:  Bitter Gourd
Synonyms:  Momordica clematidea, Otto Wilhelm Sonder
This monoecious member of the Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by Johann Friedrich Klotzsch in 1861. It is found in Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania,  Zambia and Zimbabwe, growing in a well drained soil with some to lots of water and some to lots of sun. The cluster of swollen roots can grow to 30 centimetres in diameter, the vines from six to ten meters long. The flowers are yellow and the fruits are red.

cardiospermoides means it looks like Cardiospermum, at least the leaves.