Description of the genus
Annual or perennial, monoecious or dioecious, herbs with climbing or prostrate stems. Leaves simple. Tendrils simple, simple at each node (except C. humifructus which has 2-8 at each node). Male flowers solitary or in few-flowered fascicles; female flowers solitary. Disk obvious, free from the receptacle-tube. Ovary smooth or bearing setae, spines or tubercles. Stamens 3, two 2-thecous, one 1-thecous.
Worldwide: 32 species in the Old World tropics
Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.
|No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species
Other sources of information about Cucumis:
Our websites:Flora of Botswana
: CucumisFlora of Malawi
: CucumisFlora of Mozambique
: CucumisFlora of Zambia
: CucumisFlora of Zimbabwe
(electronic Plant Information Center): CucumisFlora Zambesiaca
web site: CucumisGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for CucumisIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): CucumisKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Cucumis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1443, retrieved 27 May 2016