Lagenaria sphaerica (Sond.) Naudin

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Lagenaria sphaerica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamuakwarara River, John Meikle Research Station

Lagenaria sphaerica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamuakwarara River, John Meikle Research Station

Lagenaria sphaerica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamuakwarara River, John Meikle Research Station

Lagenaria sphaerica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamuakwarara River, John Meikle Research Station

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Synonyms: Lagenaria mascarena Naud.
Luffa sphaerica Sond.
Sphaerosicyos sphaericus (Cogn.) Sond.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial climber with annual stems, up to 10 m long. Tendrils 2-fid. Leaves up to 19 × 22 cm, broadly ovate in outline, deeply 5-lobed, dark green above, paler and densely puberulous below; cordate at the base; margin with coarse sinuate teeth. Flowers unisexual on different plants, in racemes or solitary; white with green veins. Fruit almost round, smooth, up to 12 × 11 cm, dark green with smaller and larger pale patches.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In riverine forest and thickets
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1700 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Somalia to the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Also in Madagascar and the Comoros.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 8 June 2009
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 88 - 89. (Includes a picture).

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 438 - 439. (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.

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


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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: Lagenaria sphaerica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157390, retrieved 24 November 2017

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