Queensland, Northern Territories, Western Australia;
Might be: Neoachmandra cunninghamii, Willem Jan Jacobus
Oswald de Wilde & Brigitta Emma Elisabeth Duyfjes,
Melothria unninghamii var. major, Domin.
This member of the Cucurbitaceae family was described by F. Mueller in
1856. It is found in most of Australia. Climbing the trees, up to two meters high, getting
quite some water in the rainy period along with some sun. The flowers
sit in clusters, many males, one female flower. It can be reproduced
both by seeds and cuttings.
The genera is named after Josef Zehner, an Austrian botanical
illustrator. The species is named after Allan Cunningham, 1791-1839,
the son of Allan Cunningham (head gardener at Wimbledon Park House.
He travelled Brazil and Australia, collecting specimens for Kew