Momordica repens Bremek.

First published in Ann. Transvaal Mus. 15: 261 (1933)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is SE. Botswana to Gauteng. It is a climbing shrub and grows primarly in the seasonally dry tropical biome(s).

Descriptions

Cucurbitaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

Morphology General Habit
Stems prostrate or occasionally scandent, to 2 m., rather densely crispate-pubescent, arising from perennial rootstock.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-lamina 1·3–3·1 × 3·4–5·5 cm., suborbicular to transversely elliptic in outline, deeply cordate, densely shortly setulose becoming densely asperous-punctate, slightly succulent, deeply palmately multilobate, the lobes subequal, rather sharply lobulate.
Morphology Leaves Petiole
Petioles 1·8–6 cm. long, very densely crispate-pubescent.
Morphology General Tendrils
Tendrils 2-fid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers monoecious. male flowers 3–5 in bracteate, pedunculate, subumbelliform inflorescences, only one flower opening at a time; peduncle 1·3–6 cm. long; bracts 5–9 × 7–18 mm., resembling the leaves but smaller, 3–7-lobed; pedicels 2·0–4·4 cm. long. Receptacle-tube 2–5 mm. long, lobes 5–10 mm. long, ovate or oblong-ovate, acute, shortly acuminate or apiculate. Petals 1·4–3·6 cm. long, yellow, dark-veined, dark at the base, broadly obovate, rounded, apiculate. Female flowers solitary; peduncle 3–7 cm. long, sometimes bracteate; ovary c. 20 × 5 mm., ellipsoid-rostrate, pubescent, muricate; receptacle-tube 2 mm. long, lobes c. 5 mm. long, ovate-triangular, shortly acuminate, acute, apiculate; petals c. 2·5–3·5 cm. long.
sex Male
male flowers 3–5 in bracteate, pedunculate, subumbelliform inflorescences, only one flower opening at a time; peduncle 1·3–6 cm. long; bracts 5–9 × 7–18 mm., resembling the leaves but smaller, 3–7-lobed; pedicels 2·0–4·4 cm. long. Receptacle-tube 2–5 mm. long, lobes 5–10 mm. long, ovate or oblong-ovate, acute, shortly acuminate or apiculate. Petals 1·4–3·6 cm. long, yellow, dark-veined, dark at the base, broadly obovate, rounded, apiculate.
sex Female
Female flowers solitary; peduncle 3–7 cm. long, sometimes bracteate; ovary c. 20 × 5 mm., ellipsoid-rostrate, pubescent, muricate; receptacle-tube 2 mm. long, lobes c. 5 mm. long, ovate-triangular, shortly acuminate, acute, apiculate; petals c. 2·5–3·5 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit 5–6 × 4·7 cm., ellipsoid or subglobose, rostrate, 10-ribbed, muricate, reddish-brown.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 20 × 20 × 7–8 mm., orbicular in outline, more or less compressed, with smooth undulate faces, slightly ridged edges and grooved margins.
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Sources

  • Flora Zambesiaca

    • Flora Zambesiaca
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • 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/
    • © Copyright 2022 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 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0