Cucumis quintanilhae R.Fern. & A.Fern.

First published in Revista Biol. (Lisbon) 3: 269 (1963)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is S. Botswana to Limpopo. It is an annual and grows primarily in the desert or dry shrubland biome.

Descriptions

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.
[FZ]

Extinction risk predictions for the world's flowering plants to support their conservation (2024). Bachman, S.P., Brown, M.J.M., Leão, T.C.C., Lughadha, E.N., Walker, B.E. https://nph.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nph.19592

Conservation
Predicted extinction risk: not threatened. Confidence: confident
[AERP]

Sources

  • Angiosperm Extinction Risk Predictions v1

    • Angiosperm Threat Predictions
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    • Flora Zambesiaca
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    • Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

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    • © Copyright 2023 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0