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The very young plant.


An older plant from WorldWondersGarden.


Dioecious, this is female-flowers.


Photo by Daniel Dytfeld.


The red fruits from  West African Plants.

Author:  Otto Wilhelm Sonder, 1862
Family:  CUCURBITACEAE
Origin:  Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, East Himalaya, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gulf of Guinea Islands, India, Ivory Coast, Java, Kenya, Lesotho, Lesser Sunda Islands, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Philippines, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Sulawesi; Indonesia, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Za´re, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  20 Centimetres
Height:  3-6 Meters
Flower:  Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Melothria cordata, Cogn. 1881.
Melothria punctata
,  Riddell, 1853.
Melothria pendula, L. 1753.
Echinocystis bigelovii, Cogn. 1881.
Melothria fluminensis,
Gardn. 1842.
Bryonia scabra, L.f.
Bryonia scabrata, Blume.
Cucurbita scabra, Blume
Pilogyne scabra, W.J.de Wilde & Duyfjes.
Zehneria scabra subsp. argyrea, C.Jeffrey.
Zehneria scabra var. chirindensis, C.Jeffrey.

This member of the Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by Otto Wilhelm Sonder. It's from South Africa up through eastern Africa pass the Arab peninsular pass India to Indonesia. Give it a well-drained soil, some water and sun, and the caudex will grow to 20 centimetres in diameter and the vines from three to six meters. The flowers are yellow and it is a monoecious plant.

The genera is named after Josef Zehner, an Austrian botanical illustrator. The species name means 'rough'.


Photos by Daniel Dytfeld.


Photos by Daniel Dytfeld.


Grit 5 mm.