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Author: H. Schaefer & S.S: Renner, 2011
Family:  CUCURBITACEAE
Origin:  Thailand
Soil:  Rich
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  10 Centimetres
Height:  2-10 Metres
Flower:  Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Sinobaijiania smitinandii, Brigitta Emma Elisabeth Duyfjes & Willem Jan Jacobus Oswald de Wilde, 2006.
Sinobaijiania smitinandii
var. laxa W.J.de Wilde & Duyfjes

This member of the Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by Hanno Schaefer and Susanne Sabine Renner in 2011. It is found in Thailand below 200 metres, growing in a rather rich soil with quite some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to ten centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to two to ten centimetres in height. The flowers are yellow.

The genera name puzzles me: Can it be named after the Indian city of Baiji? (Or the Iraqi city with the same name?). The species is named in honour of Tem Smitinand (19201995), the Thai forest botanist, who made one of the first collections of this species.