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Family: CUCURBITACEAE 

 Telfairia pedata
 

Photo by Paul Latham.

  
Author:  William Jackson Hooker 1827
Family:  Cucurbitaceae
Habitat:  Tanzania, Mozambique, Zanzibar (Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius)
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  40 Centimetres?
Height:  30 meter
Flower:  Pinkish-Purple / White
Reproduction:  Seeds/Cuttings
Pop names:  Oysternut, Kweme, Zanzibar Oil Vine, Castanha de Inhambane, Cungo, Cungua, Cungua, Cungua, Dicungo, Lipeme, Meme, Oyster Nut, Umpeme, Queen's Nut, Mkweme
Synonyms:  Fevillea pedata, Sims 1827. Telfaria africana, A: Chevalier 1949. Joliffia africana Bojer 1827.

 

Fruit, photo by Paul Latham.

Male flower, photo from: Dr. Gerald Carr

   This dioecious member of the Cucurbitaceae was described by JWilliam Jackson Hooker 1827. It is found in the rainforests of Mozambique, Tanzania and Zanzibar (and as a crop in Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius), growing in a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The vines will climb for up to 30 meters. The flowers are pinkish-purple and white.

Female flower, photo by Paul Latham.