by Ralf Biechele, Centralafricanplants.senckenberg.de.
The giant fruit by John Mood,
|Author: ||Joseph Dalton
Benin, Cabinda, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Gulf of
Guinea Islands, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone,
/ Dark Purple
Pumpkin, Telfairia, Oysternut, Ugu
This dioecious member of
the Cucurbitaceae was
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
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.
The flower from Rock Stars Of B.S