This member of the
Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by Ernest Friedrich
Gilg in 1904. It is found
in the highlands of southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, growing in a well drained soil with
some water and some sun. At present, I have no information on the
size of the caudex, but the entire plant can reach four meters in
flowers are pale yellow with green veins, the fruits red.
The species name refers to the