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This genus is accepted, and its native range is NE. Tropical Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Climber with tuberous rootstock
Morphology Leaves
Leaves simple; blade ± pinnately lobed, subsessile
Morphology General Tendrils
Tendrils simple
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers medium-sized, yellow or cream, green-veined, dioecious Male flowers solitary or paired; receptacle-tube cylindrical below, expanded above; lobes small; corolla-lobes 5, united below; stamens 3, all 2-thecous; filaments inserted on lower part of tube, free; connectives rather narrow; thecae triplicate Female flowers solitary; ovary smooth, hairy; ovules many, horizontal
sex Male
Male flowers solitary or paired; receptacle-tube cylindrical below, expanded above; lobes small; corolla-lobes 5, united below; stamens 3, all 2-thecous; filaments inserted on lower part of tube, free; connectives rather narrow; thecae triplicate
sex Female
Female flowers solitary; ovary smooth, hairy; ovules many, horizontal
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit ellipsoid, attenuate at each end, baccate, red
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds rather small, pyriform in outline, compressed with depressed disk, black; testa warted.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Scandent herbs with tuberous rootstocks
Morphology Leaves
Leaves simple
Morphology General Tendrils
Tendrils simple
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Dioecious, flowers medium-sized
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium cylindrical below, expanded at the apex Hypanthium cylindrical
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 5, small
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 5, united below
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3, all two-thecous, inserted on the lower part of the hypanthium, free; connectives rather narrow; thecae triplicate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers solitary Male flowers solitary or paired
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary smooth, hairy
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary Ovules
Ovules many, horizontal
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit fleshy, smooth
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds pyriform in outline, compressed, rough.
Note
Genus of a single species only.

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda

Cephalopentandra Chiov. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Fl. Somala 1: 187 (1929)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 1, (1993) Author: by C. Jeffrey & M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Fl. Somala 1: 187 (1929)

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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