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Trochomeria macrocarpa

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The large fruits by Robert V. Bittersdorff, Senckenberg.de.

Author: Joseph Dalton Hooker, 1871
Family:  CUCURBITACEAE
Origin:  Angola, 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
Soil:  Grit - Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  25-60 Centimetres
Height:  2,5 Meters
Flower:  Green
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Zehneria 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.