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Family: CUCURBITACEAE 

 Bryonia dioica
 

Photo from Peter Jarrett, Middlesex University 

  
Author:  Nicolaas Joseph von Jacquin 1774
Family:  Cucurbitaceae
Habitat:  Europe, Northern Africa, Western Asia
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium to Maximum
Sun:  Medium to Maximum
Thickness:  40 centimetres
Height:  3 metres
Flower:  Greenish-white
Reproduction:  Seeds
Pop names:  English Mandrake, Wild Vine, Wild Hops, Wild Nep, Tamus, Ladies' Seal, Tetterbury, Navet du diable, 
Synonyms:  Bryonia cretica subsp. dioica Tutin


The female flower by Bernard Gacongne


The male flower by Bernard Gacongne

   This dioecious member of the Cucurbitaceae family was described by Nicolaas Joseph von Jacquin in 1774. It is found in England, South- and Middle Europe, Northern Africa and Western Asia. It prefers a neutral or basic, well drained soil with some to lots of water and some to lots of sun.  The vines will grow to three meters and the flowers are white. The caudex reaches 40 centimetres in diameter.

  
 

The fruits and seeds by Bernard Gacongne