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Photo by Marlena Fairbourne.


Photo from Laboratorio de Plantas Vasculares.


Young plants by Marlena Fairbourne.


Some sprouting seeds by Marlena Fairbourne.

Author: CÚlestin Alfred Cogniaux, 1877
Family:  CUCURBITACEAE
Origin:  Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay.
Soil:  Rich Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  2-3 Centimetres
Height:  4 Meters
Flower:  Pale Green
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Cranberry Gourd.
Synonyms:  Bryonia tenuifolia, Poepp. & Endl. 1838.
Abobra viridiflora
Naudin. 1862.

This dioecious member of the Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by William Jackson Hooker and George Arnott Walker-Arnott but reclassified by CÚlestin Alfred Cogniaux in 1877. It is found in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, growing in a well drained but still rich in organic material soil, with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to two or three centimetres in diameter, and the entire plant can reach four metres in height. The flowers are pale green, the small fruits dark red.

Abobra tenuifolia was already described and the name validly published by William Jackson Hooker and George Arnott Walker Arnott, based on a prior description by John Gillies. However, it was CÚlestin Alfred Cogniaux, who reclassified it into today's valid botanical systematic.

The caudex is natural formed about 30 centimetres deep, and at present, I don't know if it appreciate to be exposed.

It is the only member of the genus.

The genera name is the Portuguese name for pumpkin. The species name means 'thin-leaved'.


Young caudexes by Marlena Fairbourne.