The leaf by Robert Maijer.
Caudexes by Robert Maijer.
The fruit by Robert Maijer.
This member of the Cucurbitaceae family was
given this name by Denis M. Kearns in 1994. It is found in Mexico, growing in a well
drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can
grow to five centimetres in diameter, the vines can reach
half a meter and the flowers are pale green.
Additionally, Robert Maijer
can tell that it is a night flowering species with a strong and
pleasant scent at dawn. Every inflorescence bear one female flower
followed by several male flowers. When the female flower is
pollinated the male buds abort. It gets a green, marbled fruit, 2-3
cm across is formed very quickly, it will be full-grown in 4-6 weeks
and contain 5-10 big seeds (not flat but a bit like fat grape seeds)
The fruit falls off when it is still green, the only sign that it is
ripe is the green turning from bright to dull green.