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
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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).

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, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Lagenaria sphaerica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157390, retrieved 1 July 2016

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