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Photo by Benny M°ller Jensen.


Male flowers by JŘrg Vogel.


Female flowers by JŘrg Vogel.

Author: CÚlestin Alfred Cogniaux, 1896
Family:  CUCURBITACEAE
Origin:  Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  20 Centimetres
Height:  1,5 Metres
Flower:  Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Raphanocarpus stefaninii, Chiov.1929.
Momordica stefaninii
, Cuf.1965.
Raphanocarpus membranosus, Chiov.
By mistake: Momordica sessiliflora

This member of the Cucurbitaceae family was given this nane by CÚlestin Alfred Cogniaux in 1896. It is found in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can grow up to 20 centimetres in diameter, the vines up to one and a half meter long.   

The name comes from Mordio: 'to bite' after the bitten appearance of the seeds. The species name means 'unstalked, petioled leaves' as the leaves sit directly around the stem.


A wild caudex from Palkowitschia.cz.