Genus:
Cucumis L.

Cucumis quintanilhae R.Fern. & A.Fern.

This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Botswana to Limpopo.

[FZ]

Cucurbitaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

Morphology General Habit
Probably annual; stems prostrate or scandent, patent-setulose, later scabrid.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-lamina 6·6–10 × 5·7–8 cm., ovate in outline, weakly cordate, shortly hispid and punctate above, shortly hispid beneath, obscurely and minutely sinuate-denticulate, almost unlobed to deeply palmately 5-lobed, lobes triangular, ovate-triangular or elliptic, acute to rounded, apiculate, sometimes shortly 3-lobulate, the central largest.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers monoecious. Female flowers solitary; pedicel 60–80 mm. long, stout; ovary 8–12 × 4–6 mm., oblong-ellipsoid, softly spiny; receptacle-tube 3–5·5 mm. long, lobes 4–7 mm. long, linear or oblanceolate, entire or shortly lobed; petals 16–37 mm. long. male flowers solitary or 2–3 in small fascicles; pedicels 17–65 mm. long. Receptacle-tube 5–7 mm. long; lobes 3·5–7 mm. Petals 13–26 mm. long, white or yellow, green-veined.
sex Male
male flowers solitary or 2–3 in small fascicles; pedicels 17–65 mm. long. Receptacle-tube 5–7 mm. long; lobes 3·5–7 mm. Petals 13–26 mm. long, white or yellow, green-veined.
sex Female
Female flowers solitary; pedicel 60–80 mm. long, stout; ovary 8–12 × 4–6 mm., oblong-ellipsoid, softly spiny; receptacle-tube 3–5·5 mm. long, lobes 4–7 mm. long, linear or oblanceolate, entire or shortly lobed; petals 16–37 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit 4 × 2·5 cm., ellipsoid, green becoming yellow when ripe, spiny; spines 9–12 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 6·5 × 3 × 1·6 mm.

Native to:

Botswana, Northern Provinces

Cucumis quintanilhae R.Fern. & A.Fern. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Dec 15, 1962 Drummond, R.B. [6025], Zimbabwe K000311072 Yes

First published in Revista Biol. (Lisbon) 3: 269 (1963)

Accepted by

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1978). Flora Zambesiaca 4: 1-658. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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  • Kew Backbone Distributions

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