Lagenaria siceraria (Molina) Standl.

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Lagenaria siceraria

Photo: Doris Robertson
Bulalima-Mangwe District.

Lagenaria siceraria

Photo: Doris Robertson
Bulalima-Mangwe District.

Lagenaria siceraria

Photo: Doris Robertson
Bulalima-Mangwe District.

Lagenaria siceraria

Photo: Doris Robertson
Bulalima-Mangwe District.

Lagenaria siceraria

Photo: Doris Robertson
Bulalima-Mangwe District.

Lagenaria siceraria

Photo: Doris Robertson
Bulalima-Mangwe District.

Lagenaria siceraria

Photo: Doris Robertson
Bulalima-Mangwe District.

Lagenaria siceraria

Photo: Doris Robertson
Bulalima-Mangwe District.

Lagenaria siceraria

Photo: Doris Robertson
Bulalima-Mangwe District.

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Synonyms: Cucurbita siceraria Molina
Common names: Bottle gourd (English) Calabash (English) Makhomane (Ndebele) Mupudzi (Shona)
Description: Robust, annual scrambler or climber with long sprawling stems and bifid tendrils. Large white male flowers open during late afternoon. Similar, large white female flowers open later, during the early evening. A pair of small, lateral glands just above the petiole on the underside of the leaves.
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Worldwide distribution: Origins unknown but now pantropical.
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Literature:

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 36.

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 440.

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, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Lagenaria siceraria.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=157380, retrieved 16 August 2022

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