A really big one from Copenhagen Botanical Garden.
vines are more than 10 meters. Its a female.
This member of the Cucurbitaceae
family comes from southern Africa. First described by Benth &
Hooker, and then by William Henry Harvey in 1867. Well-drained and
rather rich soil with some water an
not too much sun. The caudex can grow up to 1,5 meter, and the vines more
than 10 meters. As seen on the photos, both male and female flower are
A name spelled in many ways: Gerrardanthus macrorhizus, macrorhiza, macrorrhizus, macrorrhiza. Seen other spellings as well. First description should be
in: Bentham & Hooker, Gen. Pl. 1: 840, 1867, and that is with one
"r". It is "bad Latin", but never the less: The correct name.
The genera name for William T.
Gerrard, a British natrualist and traveller in South Africa and
Greek; anthos; 'flower'. The species name means 'big root'.
It seems like some
of them just root underneath. Some sort of fungus you just
can't avoid. Those who have it, will survive, but the caudex will loose
it originally look.