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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa, Comoros, Madagascar.
Lagenaria siceraria (Molina) Standl.

[FZ]

Cucurbitaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

Morphology General Habit
Vigorous scandent herbs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves simple; petiole with 2 apical lateral glands.
Morphology General Tendrils
Tendrils proximally 2-fid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers solitary or racemose. Flowers large, white, monoecious or dioecious, opening in the evenings. Female flowers solitary; receptacle-tube extremely short, perianth otherwise similar to that of male flower; stigma 3-lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Receptacle
Receptacle-tube obconic to cylindrical; lobes remote, narrow, usually glandular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 5, free or nearly so, entire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3, 2 double two-thecous, 1 single one-thecous, free; filaments inserted on the receptacle-tube; connectives broad; thecae flexuous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit greenish, terete, hard-shelled, fleshy, indehiscent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds compressed, oblong or ovate in outline, the faces with two flat submarginal ridges.

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Vigorous scandent or trailing perennial or annual herbs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves simple, the petiole with 2 lateral glands at the apex
Morphology General Tendrils
Tendrils 2-fid
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Monoecious or dioecious; flowers opening in the evenings Male flowers solitary or racemose
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 5, free or almost so
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3, 2 two-thecous, 1 one-thecous, free, inserted on the lower part of the hypanthium; connective broad; thecae flexuous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers solitary
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary terete
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary Ovules
Ovules numerous, horizontal
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium very short Hypanthium obconic to cylindrical; sepals 5, narrow, remote, usually glandular
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth like that of male flowers
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Stigma
Stigmas 3
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit hard-shelled, fleshy, indehiscent, many-seeded
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds oblong or ovate in outline, compressed, the faces with two flat ridges or a raised disc.
Distribution
Six species in tropical Africa and Madagascar, one extending throughout the tropics

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Strong-growing herbaceous climbers or trailers
Morphology Leaves
Leaves simple; petiole with a pair of apical lateral glands
Morphology General Tendrils
Tendrils proximally bifid, or sometimes simple
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers large, white, opening in the evenings, monoecious or dioecious Male flowers solitary or racemose; receptacle-tube obconic to long-cylindrical; lobes narrow, relatively small; petals 5, free, entire; stamens 3 (2 double 2-thecous, 1 single 1-thecous); filaments free, inserted on the tube; anthers free but often coherent; connectives broad; thecae triplicate and usually also much contorted Female flowers solitary; ovary hairy; ovules many, horizontal; receptacle-tube very short; stigma 3-lobed, Fruit large, greenish, terete, hard-shelled, fleshy, indehiscent
sex Male
Male flowers solitary or racemose; receptacle-tube obconic to long-cylindrical; lobes narrow, relatively small; petals 5, free, entire; stamens 3 (2 double 2-thecous, 1 single 1-thecous); filaments free, inserted on the tube; anthers free but often coherent; connectives broad; thecae triplicate and usually also much contorted
sex Female
Female flowers solitary; ovary hairy; ovules many, horizontal; receptacle-tube very short; stigma 3-lobed, Fruit large, greenish, terete, hard-shelled, fleshy, indehiscent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed compressed, oblong or ovate-oblong in outline, smooth, somewhat 2-horned at one end and tapered at the other; faces each with 2 flat submarginal ridges approaching one another at each end
Figures
Fig. 6.

Native to:

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Central African Repu, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Alabama, Albania, Andaman Is., Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Arkansas, Assam, Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil South, Cambodia, Canary Is., Caroline Is., China South-Central, China Southeast, Christmas I., Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, East European Russia, East Himalaya, Easter Is., Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Florida, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Illinois, India, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kentucky, Korea, Laos, Leeward Is., Louisiana, Mali, Maluku, Marianas, Marquesas, Marshall Is., Massachusetts, Mauritius, Mexican Pacific Is., Mexico Southwest, Mississippi, Missouri, Namibia, New Caledonia, New York, Nicobar Is., North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pakistan, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Rodrigues, Romania, Réunion, Society Is., South Carolina, Swaziland, Tadzhikistan, Texas, Thailand, Transcaucasus, Trinidad-Tobago, Turkmenistan, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virginia, Windward Is.

Lagenaria Ser. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Feb 1, 2003 Cheek, M. [10282], Cameroon K000008343

First published in Mém. Soc. Phys. Genève 3(1): 25 (1825)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • —F.T.A. 2: 529.

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in Mém. Soc. Phys. Hist. Nat. Genève 3: 25, t. 2 (1825).

Flora of Somalia

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

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • in Mém. Soc. Phys. Genèv. 3: 25, t. 2 (1825)

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
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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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/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0