Corallocarpus triangularis Cogn.

First published in H.G.A.Engler (ed.), Pflanzenr., IV, 275 I: 171 (1916)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is S. Africa. It is a climbing tuberous geophyte and grows primarily in the desert or dry shrubland biome.

Descriptions

Cucurbitaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

Morphology General Habit
Stems to 2 m., prostrate or scandent, shortly puberulous, sulcate, setulose on ridges, when older softly woody, with grey bark, white-callosed on ridges.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-lamina 2·0–5·4 × 2·1–6·6 cm., ovate to subhastate in outline, deeply cordate, finely asperulous or scabrid and more coarsely scabrid-setulose on veins, beneath, finely scabrid above, palmately variously 3(5)-lobed, lobes almost plane to irregularly sinuate-denticulate or lobulate, acute to rounded, apiculate, the central largest.
Morphology Leaves Petiole
Petiole 1–3·5 cm. long, shortly retrorsely puberulous, setulose on ridges.
sex Male
male flowers about 4–10 in subsessile axillary clusters; peduncles up to 3 mm. long; pedicels 1·5–2·5 mm. long. Receptacle-tube 1·2 mm. long; lobes 1–1·2 mm. long, lanceolate. Petals 1·4–1·5 mm. long, pale yellow to white.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers 1–6, subsessile; ovary 3·5 mm. long, ellipsoid, puberulous. male flowers about 4–10 in subsessile axillary clusters; peduncles up to 3 mm. long; pedicels 1·5–2·5 mm. long. Receptacle-tube 1·2 mm. long; lobes 1–1·2 mm. long, lanceolate. Petals 1·4–1·5 mm. long, pale yellow to white.
sex Female
Female flowers 1–6, subsessile; ovary 3·5 mm. long, ellipsoid, puberulous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits 9–13 × 7–9 mm., 1–6, subsessile, ovoid, not or only shortly rostrate; pedicels up to 2·5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 4–4·5 × 2·8–3 × 2·1–2·6 mm., asymmetrically ovoid, tumid, somewhat compressed at the apex, with slightly rugose faces and prominent margins.
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Sources

  • Flora Zambesiaca

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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
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  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

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  • Kew Science Photographs

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  • Plants and People Africa

    • Common Names from Plants and People Africa http://www.plantsandpeopleafrica.com/
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