Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African
Republic, Chad, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea,
Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique,
Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, South Africa,
Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Za´re, Zimbabwe
macrocarpa, Sonder, 1862.
Trochomeria macrocarpa subsp. vitifolia,
R.Fern. & A.Fern.
This member of the Cucurbitaceae
family was given this name by
Joseph Dalton Hooker in 1871. It is found from Senegal to
South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and
some sun. The large caudex can grow from 25 to 60 centimetres in diameter,
the vines reach for two and a half meters. The flowers are tiny and green,
the fruits red.
The genera name is derived
from two Greek words, trochos; 'a wheel' and meris; 'a
part'. The connection to the plant is rather obscure; perhaps the
long, narrow corolla lobes look like the spokes of a wheel? The
species name for the large fruits.