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Photo by Meena Singh.


The fruits by Robert V. Blittersdorff, Centralafricanplants.senckenberg.de.

Author: G. Bentham & Joseph D. Hooker, 1867
Family:  CUCURBITACEAE
Origin:  Assam, Burkina, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Za´re
Soil:  Rich - Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  25 Centimetres
Height:  4 Metres
Flower:  Dull Yellow - Greenish Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Indian Bryonia
Synonyms:  Bryonia epigaea Rottler, 1803.
Rhynchocarpa epigaea
, Naudin, 1862.
Rhynchocarpa corallina
Naud.1862.
Corallocarpus fenzlii
Hook. f. 1871.
Corallocarpus corallinus
,  Cogn.1881.
Corallocarpus gracilipes
, Cogn. 1881.
Corallocarpus hildebrandtii,
Gilg, 1904.
Corallocarpus tavetensis,
Gilg, 1904.
Corallocarpus bequaertii,
De Wild. 1921.
Aechmandra epigaea, Arn.
Bryonia sinuata,
Wall.
Coniandra corallina,
Fenzl ex Naudin.
Corallocarpus bequaertii,
De Wild.
Corallocarpus elegans,
Gilg.
Corallocarpus palmatus,
Cogn.
Rhynchocarpa corallina,
Naudin.
Rhynchocarpa epigaea,
Naudin.

This monoecious member of the Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by George Bentham and Joseph Dalton Hooker in 1867. It is found in both in central Africa and Asia, growing in a rich but well drained soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to 25 centimetres, the vines reach four metres. The flowers are dull yellow to greenish yellow. The fruits are red. 

The genera name from Latin; corallum; 'coral' and Greek; karpos; 'fruit' for the red fruits. The species name means 'ground'.


The flower by Robert V. Blittersdorff, Centralafricanplants.senckenberg.de.