Acanthosicyos naudinianus (Sond.) C. Jeffrey

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Acanthosicyos naudinianus

Photo: Bart Wursten
SRGH

Acanthosicyos naudinianus

Photo: Bart Wursten
SRGH

Acanthosicyos naudinianus

Photo: Bart Wursten
SRGH

Acanthosicyos naudinianus

Photo: Bart Wursten
SRGH

Acanthosicyos naudinianus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hwange NP, on loop from Main Camp through Dopi Pan

Acanthosicyos naudinianus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near railway line by road to Hwange NP, Main Camp

Acanthosicyos naudinianus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near railway line by road to Hwange NP, Main Camp

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Synonyms: Citrullus naudinianus (Sond.) Hook. f.
Colocynthis naudinianus (Sond.) Kuntze
Cucumis naudinianus Sond.
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Prostrate perennial herb, growing from a tuberous rootstock. Tendrils modified into weak spines. Leaves usually deeply pamately 5-lobed, with lanceolate lobes which are more or less irregularly lobed or toothed again, cordate at the base, softly to roughly hairy on both surfaces, particularly on the veins. Flowers solitary, axillary, sexes on different plants, yellow to white. Fruit ellipsoid to almost round, 6-12 cm long, blue-green, turning pale yellow when ripe, covered in bristle-tipped spines.
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Habitat: On sandy soils in dry woodland and grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 1350 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,S
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Endemic status:
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Images last updated: Sunday 23 September 2007
Literature:

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 236. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 52.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 205.


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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: Acanthosicyos naudinianus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157150, retrieved 30 June 2016

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