Telfairia pedata (Sims) Hook.

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Telfairia pedata

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Synonyms: Fevillea pedata Sims
Common names: Oyster nut (English)
Frequency:
Status: Introduced
Description:
Liane up to 30 m long, cultivated for its oily seeds. Leaves pedately compound with 5-7 oblong to broadly elliptic leaflets, almost hairless; margin widely toothed. Male flowers in racemes, female flowers solitary on long peduncles, purplish with green stripes near the base. Petals up to 3.5 cm long, fringed with filaments. Fruit large, 30-90 cm long, more or less ellipsoid, bluntly ribbed, somewhat widened and lobed at the base, green.
Notes: Very rare as naturalized escape. Known in Zimbabwe from one record in the Harare region (Watmough 609, Warren Hill, 24-04-1965, SRGH).
Derivation of specific name: pedata: pedate; with leaves which are palmately divided, with the lateral lobes again partially divided
Habitat:
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native to Tanzania and probably northern Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: C
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 1 February 2009
Literature:

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 417 - 419. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Telfairia pedata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157140, retrieved 29 August 2016

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