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Photo by Brad Johnson.


Photo by Deena Decker-Walters.


Photo by Rolling Thunder Nursery.

Author: Edward Lee Greene, 1895
Family:  CUCURBITACEAE
Origin:  Mexico, South-Western U.S.A.
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  40 Centimetres
Height:  3 Meters
Flower:  Greenish / Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Balsam Gourd, Snake Apple, Lindheimer's Globeberry, Wild Balsam
Synonyms:  Sicydium lindheimeri, A. Gray 1850.
Bryonia abyssinica
Goualt. 1853.
Sicydium tenellum
Naudin, 1862.
Sicydium tripartitum
Naudin, 1862. 
Maximowiczia lindheimeri,
CÚlestin Alfred Cogniaux, 1881.
Maximowiczia tripartita,
Cogn. 1881.
Ibervillea tripartita,
Green, 1895.
Ibervillea tenella
, Small, 1903.

This member of the Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by Edward Lee Greene in 1895. It is found in Mexico and south-western U.S.A., growing in bushland with a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can grow up to 40 centimetres in diameter, the vines will reach three meters. The flowers are yellow and greenish.

The genera name after Pierre LeMoyne Sieur D'Iberville, 17th century explorer and settler in America. The species is named after the Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer, 1801-1879, a prominent Texan botanist in the nineteenth century.

Ibervillea is dioecious, there are separate male and female plants.


The flower from Sbs.utexas.edu.