|Author: ||John Hutchinson, 1942
Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Lesser Sunda Islands, Myanmar,
Philippines, Sulawesi; Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam
Alsomitra philippinensis, Cogn.
Neoalsomitra philippinensis, Hutch.
This dioecious member of the Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by
John Hutchinson in
1942. It is found in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Lesser Sunda Islands,
Myanmar, Philippines, Sulawesi; Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, where it climbs trees. The
ground is a thin layer of peat with clay underneath. They get lots of
water but just some sun. The flowers are greenish-white to yellow, the males in clusters,
the female sit one by one.
The genera name from Greek
neos, 'new' and Alsomitra, another genera in the
Cucurbitaceae. The species name means 'flesh leaf'.