Genus:
Momordica L.

Momordica corymbifera Hook.f.

This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical Africa.

[FZ]

Cucurbitaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

Morphology General Habit
Stems prostrate or scandent to 10 m., sparsely to very densely shortly and finely crispate-pubescent, arising from large woody tuberous rootstock; all parts foetid.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-lamina 4·7–10·7 × 5·0–10·4 cm., ovate to broadly ovate in outline, deeply cordate, remotely denticulate to sinuate-serrate, finely punctate and shortly and finely pubescent on veins beneath, finely pubescent or asperulous above, unlobed or usually shortly palmately 3–5-lobed, the median lobe largest, broadly triangular to ovate, acuminate, acute, apiculate; lateral lobes much shorter. Leaves simple.
Morphology Leaves Petiole
Petiole 2·1–9·2 cm. long, rather densely shortly finely pubescent.
Morphology General Tendrils
Tendrils 2-fid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers monoecious. male flowers solitary or usually 4–11 in bracteate, pedunculate, subumbelliform or racemiform inflorescences, rarely proliferating into many-flowered fascicles; peduncle 1·1–9·5 cm. long; bracts 2–20 mm. long, usually ovate or broadly ovate, rounded, apiculate, sessile or shortly stalked; pedicels 0·5–2·7 cm. long. Receptacle-tube 3–8 mm. long, lobes 3–6 mm. long, green or blackish, ovate to broadly ovate or obovate-oblong, rounded to acute, apiculate to long-acuminate, apices sometimes recurved. Petals 11–19 mm. long, pale yellow, dark-lined along the veins at the base, recurved. Female flowers solitary or paired; peduncle up to 6·2 cm. long, bracteate at apex; bract 7 mm. long; pedicel 3 mm. long; ovary 16–30 × 5–8 mm., ovoid or ellipsoid, rostrate, longitudinally ridged, finely puberulous, the ridges wing-like, toothed; receptacle-tube very short, 1 mm. long, lobes 6–13 mm. long, ovate or ovate-lanceolate, acutely-acuminate; petals 17–26 mm. long.
sex Male
male flowers solitary or usually 4–11 in bracteate, pedunculate, subumbelliform or racemiform inflorescences, rarely proliferating into many-flowered fascicles; peduncle 1·1–9·5 cm. long; bracts 2–20 mm. long, usually ovate or broadly ovate, rounded, apiculate, sessile or shortly stalked; pedicels 0·5–2·7 cm. long. Receptacle-tube 3–8 mm. long, lobes 3–6 mm. long, green or blackish, ovate to broadly ovate or obovate-oblong, rounded to acute, apiculate to long-acuminate, apices sometimes recurved. Petals 11–19 mm. long, pale yellow, dark-lined along the veins at the base, recurved.
sex Female
Female flowers solitary or paired; peduncle up to 6·2 cm. long, bracteate at apex; bract 7 mm. long; pedicel 3 mm. long; ovary 16–30 × 5–8 mm., ovoid or ellipsoid, rostrate, longitudinally ridged, finely puberulous, the ridges wing-like, toothed; receptacle-tube very short, 1 mm. long, lobes 6–13 mm. long, ovate or ovate-lanceolate, acutely-acuminate; petals 17–26 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit c. 9 × 5 cm., ellipsoid, shortly rostrate, with 16 longitudinal wing-like ridges; fruit stalk 1 cm. or more long, stout.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 16–16·5 × 12·8–13 × 6·5–7·0 mm., asymmetrically ovate in outline, subcompressed, brown, almost smooth, with grooved margins, enveloped in sheaths of fleshy pulp.

Native to:

Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Momordica corymbifera Hook.f. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Mar 1, 1972 Kirk, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000312930 Yes

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 2: 539 (1871)

Accepted by

  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1978). Flora Zambesiaca 4: 1-658. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1978). Flora Zambesiaca 4: 1-658. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

  • Flora Zambesiaca

    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 Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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