Photo of Apodanthera undulata var. australis by
Pedro Tenorio Lezama.
This member of the
Cucurbitaceae family was described by Asa Gray in 1853. It is found
in the Sonora Desert, from Arizona to Mexico and north of Southern
America, growing in a well
drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The crawling vines
will reach for two and a half meters, the caudex can grow up to one
meter in diameter. The flowers are yellow. Young
plants don't flower, then they start with male flowers, and old
plants have female flowers. The plant can be reproduced by seeds and maybe
by root cuttings.