1. Family: Cucurbitaceae Juss.
    1. Trochomeria Hook.f.

      1. This genus is accepted, and is native to Africa..

    [FTEA]

    Cucurbitaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1967

    Habit
    Perennial tuberous-rooted climbing or trailing herbs with tendrils or small erect herbs without tendrils, often turning black when dried; stems annual
    Leaves
    Leaves subsessile and linear to elliptic and often 3-lobed in the erect species, petiolate and broadly ovate-cordate to sagittate in outline and very variously palmately 3–5-lobed in the climbing species; a ciliate or dentate stipuliform bract often present at the petiole base
    Tendrils
    Tendrils simple
    Flowers
    Flowers greenish-yellow, often borne on practically leafless stems, dioecious Female flowers solitary; ovary ovoid to subglobose, beaked; ovules horizontal; perianth-parts as in ♂, with elongated receptacle-tube; staminodes 3, inserted on tube, ± resembling filaments of stamens of ♂ flower; stigma 3-lobed Male flowers in pedunculate clusters, sometimes solitary; receptacle-tube elongated, cylindrical; lobes minute, dentiform; corolla ± stelliform, with the lobes ovate-triangular to linear-lanceolate, spreading or recurved, free almost to the base; stamens 3, 2 double 2-thecous, 1 single 1-thecous; filaments free, inserted on the tube; anthers united into an oblong head in the mouth of the tube; connectives narrow, shortly produced and hairy apically; thecae triplicate; pistillode usually present
    Male
    Male flowers in pedunculate clusters, sometimes solitary; receptacle-tube elongated, cylindrical; lobes minute, dentiform; corolla ± stelliform, with the lobes ovate-triangular to linear-lanceolate, spreading or recurved, free almost to the base; stamens 3, 2 double 2-thecous, 1 single 1-thecous; filaments free, inserted on the tube; anthers united into an oblong head in the mouth of the tube; connectives narrow, shortly produced and hairy apically; thecae triplicate; pistillode usually present
    Female
    Female flowers solitary; ovary ovoid to subglobose, beaked; ovules horizontal; perianth-parts as in ♂, with elongated receptacle-tube; staminodes 3, inserted on tube, ± resembling filaments of stamens of ♂ flower; stigma 3-lobed
    Fruits
    Fruit small to medium-sized, fleshy, thin-walled, baccate, indehiscent, red
    Seeds
    Seeds proportionally large, subglobose, ovoid or ellipsoid, ± tumid; testa smooth, hard, whitish (pitted in 4, T. stefaninii)
    Figures
    Fig. 12, p. 86.
    [FZ]

    Cucurbitaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

    Habit
    Perennial herbs with slender erect, prostrate or scandent annual stems arising from a tuberous rootstock.
    Leaves
    Leaves simple, petiolate or sessile.
    Tendrils
    Tendrils simple or absent.
    Bracts
    Probracts when present stipuloid, subcircular, ciliate-laciniate, often absent.
    Receptacle
    Receptacle-tube elongate, cylindrical; lobes minute, remote, dentiform.
    Corolla
    Corolla ± stelliform, the lobes 5, ovate-triangular to lanceolate-attenuate, spreading or reflexed, free almost to the base.
    Stamens
    Stamens 3, 2 double two-thecous, 1 single one-thecous; filaments free, inserted on receptacle-tube; anthers coherent; connectives narrow, apically pubescent; thecae tightly flexuous; pistillode usually present.
    Flowers
    Female flowers solitary; ovary ovate to ellipsoid, smooth; ovules several to many, horizontal; perianth as in male flower; staminodes 3; stigma 3-lobed. Male flowers in sessile or pedunculate nodal or axillary clusters or racemes, rarely solitary. Flowers greenish, dioecious, often precocious.
    Fruits
    Fruit baccate, bright red, terete, indehiscent.
    Seeds
    Seeds ellipsoid to subglobose, tumid, usually smooth, white; testa hard, thick.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Central African Repu, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Trochomeria Hook.f. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in G.Bentham & J.D.Hooker, Gen. Pl. 1: 822 (1867)

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • —F.T.A. 2: 524.
    Flora Zambesiaca
    • in Benth. & Hook., Gen. Pl. 1: 822 (1867).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • in G.P. 1: 822 (1867)

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0