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The giant fruit by John Mood,
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Author: Joseph Dalton Hooker, 1871
Family:  CUCURBITACEAE
Origin:  Benin, Cabinda, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Za´re
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  30 Centimetres?
Height:  15 Meters
Flower:  White / Dark Purple
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Fluted Pumpkin, Telfairia, Oysternut, Ugu
Synonyms:  "Telfairia occidentale"

This d
ioecious member of the Cucurbitaceae was described by Joseph Dalton Hooker in 1871. It is found in Benin, Cabinda, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Za´re. It need a well drained soil, some water and some sun. The vines will climb up to15 meters. The flowers are white with a dark purple centre, the fruits are from three up to thirteen kilos with five centimetre seeds.

The genera is named after Mr. and Mrs. Telfair, who grow the plant on their farm Bois Chery, on Mauritius. Mrs. draw the plant for Hooker in 1826. The species name means 'western'; of the western world.


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