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Family: CUCURBITACEAE 

 Cucumis hirsutus
 

Photo from Log House Plants.

  
Author:  Otto Wilhelm Soender 1862
Family:  Cucurbitaceae
Habitat:  Sudan, Cameroon, Zaire, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Angola, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Madagascar
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  ? (Large!)
Height:  2,5 meters
Flower:  White, cream, pale yellow or yellow
Reproduction:  Seeds/Cuttings?
Pop names:  -
Synonyms:  Cucumis seretioides Suesseng 1951. Cucumis sonderi Cogn 1881. Cucumis welwitschii Cogn 1898. Cucumis seretii, De Wild 1909. Cucumis wildemanianus, Cogn. 1916. Cucumis homblei, Cogn. 1916. Cucumis seretio´des, Suesseng. 1951.

Photo by Dr. Hanno Schaefer.

 

   This dioecious member of the Cucurbitaceae family was described by Otto Wilhelm Soender in 1862. It is found in Sudan, Cameroon, Zaire, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Angola, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Southern Africa and on Madagascar, growing in open forests. It prefers a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The rootstock are large, and the vines will grow up to two and a half meters. The flowers are from white over cream coloured to yellow.