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A wild plant by  by Jon Rebman, Researchgate.net.


   The 3 cm fruit. Photo from Miles2go.

Author: Edward Lee Greene, 1895
Family:  CUCURBITACEAE
Origin:  Sonora, Mexico
Soil:  Grit
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  60 Centimetres
Height:  3 Meters
Flower:  Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Maximowiczia sonorae. S. Watson, 1889.
Ibervillea insularis
, Wiggins, 1980.
Maximowiczia insularis, Brandegee.
Maximowiczia sonorae,
S.Watson.
Maximowiczia sonorae
var. brevicaulis, I.M.Johnst.
Maximowiczia sonorae
var. peninsularis, I.M.Johnst.

This member of the Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by Edward Lee Green in 1895. It is found in Sonora, Mexico where it grows in well-drained grit, using quite some water in the growing-season. Doesn't need much sun, keep the caudex in the shade. It can grow to 60 centimetres in diameter, vines up to three meters. The flower is yellow, the berries red, and it's possible to make cuttings.

Ibervillea is dioecious, there are separate male and female plants.

The genera name after Pierre LeMoyne Sieur D'Iberville, 17th century explorer and settler in America. The species is named after the area it is found in: Sonora.


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