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Cephalopentandra ecirrhosa

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Author:  Charles Jeffrey, 1964
Origin:  Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  60 Centimetres
Height:  1 Meter
Flower:  Pale Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Coccinia echirrhosa, Cogniaux, 1896.
Cephalopentandra obbiadensis, Chiov.
Coccinia obbiadensis, Cufod.
Coccinia quercifolia, Hutch. & E.A.Bruce

This member of the Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by Charles Jeffrey in 1964. It's found in Kenya, Uganda, Somalia and Ethiopia, growing in well-drained soil with lots of water and some sun. The vines don't grow that long for a Cucurbitaceae, only one meter, the caudex can get up to 60 centimetres in diameter. The flowers are white to yellow, the fruits orange.

The species name from Greek: kephale, meaning 'head', penta; 'five' and aner or andros; 'male' for the cluster of stamens, erroneously stated to be five in the protologue. The species name reefers to the lack of tendrils.

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