Momordica multiflora Hook.f.

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 2: 540 (1871)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Ghana to Uganda and Angola. It is a climbing annual and grows primarily in the wet tropical biome.

Descriptions

Cucurbitaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:1. 1954

Morphology General Habit
A slender climber
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers yellow.
[FWTA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Medium-sized climber.
Morphology Stem
Stems herbaceous, green, obscurely flecked with darker green.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blade broadly ovate-cordate in outline, subglabrous except on nerves beneath, usually ± punctate, acute and apiculate, almost entire to distinctly sinuate-toothed, 65–122 mm. long, 50–110 mm. broad, sometimes palmately 3-lobed; lobes triangular; petioles pubescent, 20–60 mm. long, the base persistent and somewhat thickened after leaf-fall.
Morphology General Tendrils
Tendrils simple.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Dioecious. Male flowers in usually much-branched many-flowered pseudopanicles or less often racemes, 20–120 mm. long, pubescent especially on the pedicels, ebracteate or bearing a few stalked linear to broadly lanceolate leaf-like bracts at the forks; primary peduncles 4–80 mm. long; pedicels 2.5–7 mm. long; receptacle-tube short, broad, ribbed, 2–3 mm. long; lobes triangular or triangular-acuminate, black, 1–10 mm. long; petals white with black nerves below, oblong, rounded, 7–11 mm. long, 2.5–6 mm. wide, 2 with incurved scales inside at the base; stamens 2, alternate with the scales, the triple stamen sometimes replaced by a pair, then stamens 3; thecae slightly curved, almost horizontal. Female flowers unknown.
sex Male
Male flowers in usually much-branched many-flowered pseudopanicles or less often racemes, 20–120 mm. long, pubescent especially on the pedicels, ebracteate or bearing a few stalked linear to broadly lanceolate leaf-like bracts at the forks; primary peduncles 4–80 mm. long; pedicels 2.5–7 mm. long; receptacle-tube short, broad, ribbed, 2–3 mm. long; lobes triangular or triangular-acuminate, black, 1–10 mm. long; petals white with black nerves below, oblong, rounded, 7–11 mm. long, 2.5–6 mm. wide, 2 with incurved scales inside at the base; stamens 2, alternate with the scales, the triple stamen sometimes replaced by a pair, then stamens 3; thecae slightly curved, almost horizontal.
sex Female
Female flowers unknown.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit on a stout ± 20 mm. long stalk, green (? unripe), cylindrical, shortly beaked, longitudinally ribbed, ± 110 mm. long and 35 mm. across.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds oblong in outline, compressed, ± 15 × 8 × 4 mm.; testa smooth, sculptured; margins grooved.
Habitat
Lowland rain-forest; 1200 m.
Distribution
U4 Ghana eastwards and southwards to the Cameroun, Sudan and Congo Republics and AngolaFernando Po
[FTEA]

Sources

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Flora of Tropical East Africa
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  • Flora of West Tropical Africa

    • Flora of West Tropical Africa
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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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

    • 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 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