Cucumis zeyheri Sond.

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Cucumis zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Cucumis zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Cucumis zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road to Haka, Cleveland Dam, Harare

Cucumis zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Layby near Gweru, just before turn-off to Antelope Park.

Cucumis zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Layby near Gweru, just before turn-off to Antelope Park.

Cucumis zeyheri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Layby near Gweru, just before turn-off to Antelope Park.

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Synonyms: Cucumis africanus L. f. var. zeyheri (Sond.) Burtt Davy
Cucumis africanus sensu Watt & Breyer-Brandwijk non L. f.
Cucumis ficifolius sensu Watt & Breyer-Brandwijk p.p. non A. Rich.
Cucumis prophetarum L. subsp. zeyheri (Sond.) C. Jeffey
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial prostrate trailing herb. Annual stems grow from a woody rootstock. Leaves and stems with rough hairs. Leaves strongly 3-5 lobed. Flowers unisexual, both sexes on the same plant, solitary, yellow. Fruits oval or ellipsoid, covered in soft spines, green, withor without darker stripes, turning pale yellow when ripe.
Notes: The species is very bitter in taste and inedible.
Derivation of specific name: zeyheri: named after Carl Zeyher, 1799 - 1858, a German naturalist
Habitat: In open woodland and grassland or as a weed of cultivation.
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 1650 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 15 February 2016
Literature:

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 202. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 51.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 412 - 413. (Includes a picture).

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 466 - 468. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 167. (Includes a picture).

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 45.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 308 - 309. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 53.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 128 - 129. (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: Cucumis zeyheri.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157330, retrieved 1 July 2016

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