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The caudex from Rarepalmseeds.com. 


The male flower by Pharaoh han, Wikipedia.org.

Author: CÚlestin Alfred Cogniaux, 1881
Family:  CUCURBITACEAE
Origin:   Ethiopia, Sudan (Egypt, Eritrea)
Soil:  Rich
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  8 Centimetres
Height:  5 Metres
Flower:   Yellow
PropagateSeeds
Names:  Anchote
Synonyms:  Bryonia abyssinica, Lamarck, 1753.
Bryonia macrophylla,
Ser.
Cephalandra diversifolia,
Naudin.
Coccinia diversifolia,
Naudin ex C.Huber.
Cucumis striatus ,
A.Rich.
Cucurbita exanthematica,
Fenzl ex A.Rich.

This dioecious member of the Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by CÚlestin Alfred Cogniaux in 1881. It was original found in Ethiopia and Sudan, but now spread as a crop to Egypt and Eritrea as well. It is growing in a rich soil with some water to lots of and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to eight centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to five metres in height. The flowers are yellow.

The genera name from Latin coccineus, meaning 'red' or 'scarlet' which must referee to the seeds. The specific name; abyssinica derives from Latin and means 'of or from Ethiopia (Abyssinia).