C.G.G. Jan van Steenis, 1955
Lesser Sunda Islands; Southern
subsp. podagrica, W.J. de Wilde & Duyfjes.
This dioecious member
of the Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by Cornelis Gijsbert
Gerrit Jan van Steenis in
1955. It is found on the Lesser Sunda Islands in the southern part of
Indonesia, where it climbs the
trees. The ground is a thin layer of peat with clay underneath. They get
lots of water but only some sun. The vines will grow to three meters,
the lower part of the stem to ten centimetres in diameter and one
meter high. The flowers are greenish to yellow, the males in clusters, the female sits one by one.
The genera name from Greek
neos, 'new' and Alsomitra, another genera in the
Cucurbitaceae. The species name for its swollen root.