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The flowers and leave by Gabriele Kothe-Heinrich, Wikimedia.org.

Author: W. Aiton, 1789
Family:  CUCURBITACEAE
Origin:  Canary Islands
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  8 Centimetres
Height:  4 Metres
Flower:  Greenish White - Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Venenillo, Kanarische Wildmelone, Kanarische Zaunrübe, Canary Wild Melon, Canary Bryony
Synonyms:  Bryonia hederifolia, Jacq.

This member of the Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by W. Aiton in 1789. It is found on the Canary Islands, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to eight centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to four metres in height. The flowers are from greenish white to bright yellow.

The fruits are two-five centimetres with stripes. First light and dark green, then orange and yellow.

The genre name; Bryonia  from bryein, meaning 'luxuriant growth'. verrucosa referring to the warts on the leaves.


Bit too smooth leaves.