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Family: CUCURBITACEAE 

 Dendrosicyos socotranus
 

Photo by Carl Frederick at UC-Davis Conservatory.

  
Author:  Isaac Bayley Balfour1882
Family:  Cucurbitaceae
Habitat:  Socotra
Soil:  Grit or Mix with Limestone!
Water:  Minimum
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  1 meter
Height:  6 meters
Flower:  Yellow
Reproduction:  Seeds
Pop names:  Cucumber tree
Synonyms:  Dendrosicyos jaubertiana, Baillon 1895
IPNI was socotrana.  

Photo by  Pedro.

     This monoecious  member of the Cucurbitaceae family was described by Isaac Bayley Balfour in 1882. It is only found on Socotra, and is the only tree in this family. It grows in a very well drained soil, containing quite a lot limestone, with little water and lots of sun. It will grow to six meters in height and one metre in diameter. The flowers are yellow, and there are both male- and female flowers on each plant, and it can self-fertilize, but it is not possible to reproduce by cuttings.

Name means: Tree cucumber, from Socotra.

SubFamily: Cucurbitoideae, Tribe: Melothrieae

Photo by Dr. Tony Miller, Royal Botanical Garden of Edinburgh.