Diplocyclos palmatus (L.) C. Jeffrey

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Diplocyclos palmatus

Photo: Mark Hyde
Makari, 19, Jenkinson Road, Chisipite

Diplocyclos palmatus

Photo: Mark Hyde
Makari, 19, Jenkinson Road, Chisipite

Diplocyclos palmatus

Photo: Mark Hyde
Makari, 19, Jenkinson Road, Chisipite

Diplocyclos palmatus

Photo: Mark Hyde
Makari, 19, Jenkinson Road, Chisipite

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Synonyms: Bryonia palmata L.
Common names: Red-striped cucumber (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Scandent herb, up to 6 m. Leaves: lamina 4-14 × 4-15 cm, deeply palmately 5-lobed, broadly ovate in outline, cordate, minutely rough above or bristly on the veins beneath, otherwise glabrous; petiole prickly. Male flowers 2-8, usually sharing an axil with 1-4 female flowers. Corolla white to greenish-yellow; lobes 6-9 mm long. Female flowers: ovary 4-5 mm long. Fruits subglobose, 1.5-2.5 cm long, solitary or in clusters of 2-5, bright red with silvery white longitudinal stripes.
Notes: The plant is grown for ornamental purposes but the fruit is NOT edible.
Derivation of specific name: palmatus: palmate, like a hand
Habitat: Rain forest as a native plant; also appearing spontaneously in Harare gardens probably as an escape from cultivation
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Old World tropics from S. Tomé and Fernando Po east to Australasia
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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Images last updated: Tuesday 7 February 2017
Literature:

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 451 - 453.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 38.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Diplocyclos palmatus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157500, retrieved 21 November 2017

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