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Family: CUCURBITACEAE 

 Acanthosicyos naudinianus
 

Photo from FAO

  
Author:  Charles Jeffrey 1962
Family:  Cucurbitaceae
Habitat:  Southern Africa
Soil:  Sand-Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium-Maximum
Thickness:  15 centimetres, 1 Meter long
Height:  6 meters
Flower:  Yellow
Reproduction:  Seeds/Roots
Pop names:  Gemsbok Cucumber, Herero Cucumber
Synonyms:  Citrullus naudinianus, Hooker. Colocynthis naudinianus  Kuntze. Cucumis naudinianus Sond. (A. naudiniana?)
This member of the Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by Charles Jeffrey in 1962. It is found in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana, growing in deep sandy or other well drained soil in wood- and grassland. It doesn't need much water but some to lots of sun. The 15 centimetre thick root will grow to one meter in length, the vines reach for up to six meters. Both the male and the female flowers are yellow, and the plant can only be reproduced by seeds and rood cuttings. The spiked fruits are six to twelve centimetres long and pale yellow when ripen.