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Photo from Log House Plants.


Photo by Dr. Hanno Schaefer.

Author:  Otto Wilhelm Soender, 1862
Family:  CUCURBITACEAE
Origin:  Sudan, Cameroon, Zaire, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Angola, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Madagascar, Burundi, Congo, Malawi,  Eswatini, Za´re
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  ?
Height:  2,5 Meters
Flower:  White - Cream - Pale Yellow - Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings?
Names:  Chestnut Cucumber
Synonyms:  Cucumis gossweileri, C.Norman
Cucumis seretioides
Suesseng, 1951.
Cucumis sonderi
Cogn, 1881.
Cucumis welwitschii
Cogn, 1898.
Cucumis seretii,
De Wild, 1909.
Cucumis wildemanianus,
Cogn. 1916.
Cucumis homblei,
Cogn. 1916.
Cucumis seretio´des,
Suesseng. 1951.

This dioecious member of the Cucurbitaceae family was described by Otto Wilhelm Soender in 1862. It is found in the wood- and grasslands of Sudan, Cameroon, Zaire, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Angola, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Burundi, Congo, Malawi,  Eswatini, Za´re and on Madagascar, growing in open forests. It preferring a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The rootstock grow large, and the vines will grow up to two and a half meters. The flowers are from white over cream coloured to yellow.

The genera name from Latin; cucumis; 'cuecumber'. The species name from Latin; hirsute; 'covered with long, moderately stiff and not interwoven hairs'.


Photo by B.T. Wursten, Zimbabweflora.co.zw.