Genus:
Cucumis L.

Cucumis kelleri (Cogn.) Ghebret. & Thulin

This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Ethiopia to N. Kenya.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Deciduous softly woody climber; stems slender, quickly woody and developing smooth greyish bark
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blade ovate-elliptic to broadly ovate, subcordate-emarginate, subtruncate or subcuneate, subentire or sinuate-denticulate, shortly hispid or scabrid, 1.8–10 x 1–7.5 cm, unlobed or palmately 3-lobed, the central lobe largest; petiole 0.3–2 cm long, the base persistent, thickened and forming a short weak spine
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Dioecious
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium 2.5–7 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals subulate-filiform, 1–1.5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals yellow, ovate, 2.5–7 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers solitary Male flowers in subsessile 2–15-flowered clusters
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels 3–5 mm long Pedicels 2–5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary ovoid, rostrate, pubescent, faintly 5-ridged, 4–8 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth as in male flowers
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit ovoid, rostrate, c. 1.3 x 0.6 cm, shortly pedicellate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 4.5 mm long.
Distribution
N3; C1; S1; E Ethiopia, N Kenya
Ecology
Altitude range 175–300 m.
Vernacular
Anexo, honguran, oowaiho (Somali).

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Straggling herb; stems pubescent, becoming rather woody and thickened with thin smooth greyish bark and weak spines formed by the persistent petiole bases; rootstock perennial, fibrous, thickened.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blade ovate-elliptic to broadly ovate in outline, ± hairy, subentire or distinctly sinuate-toothed, when dead often becoming papery and persisting for a while on the stem, 18–49 mm. long, 9–55 mm. broad, unlobed or palmately 3-lobed, with the middle lobe longest, ovate to oblong; petiole 3–10 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Dioecious. Male flowers in subsessile 3–15-flowered clusters, sometimes on leafless stems; pedicels 2–5 mm. long; receptacle-tube campanulate, 2.5–5 mm. long; lobes subulate-filiform, 1–1.5 mm. long; petals 2.5–6 mm. long, 1.5–3.5 mm. broad, yellow. Female flowers on 3–5 mm. long stalks; ovary ovoid and beaked, hairy, faintly longitudinally 5-ribbed, 4–8 mm. long, 1–2 mm. across; receptacle-tube 2–3 mm. long; lobes subulate, 0.5–1 mm. long; petals 1.5–2.5 mm. long, 1–1.5 mm. broad, united below.
sex Male
Male flowers in subsessile 3–15-flowered clusters, sometimes on leafless stems; pedicels 2–5 mm. long; receptacle-tube campanulate, 2.5–5 mm. long; lobes subulate-filiform, 1–1.5 mm. long; petals 2.5–6 mm. long, 1.5–3.5 mm. broad, yellow.
sex Female
Female flowers on 3–5 mm. long stalks; ovary ovoid and beaked, hairy, faintly longitudinally 5-ribbed, 4–8 mm. long, 1–2 mm. across; receptacle-tube 2–3 mm. long; lobes subulate, 0.5–1 mm. long; petals 1.5–2.5 mm. long, 1–1.5 mm. broad, united below.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit shortly stalked, distinctly beaked, ± 13 mm. long and 6 mm. across.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds broadly ovate in outline, compressed, lenticular, smooth, narrowly and obscurely bordered, 4.5 × 3.5 × 1 mm.
Figures
Fig. 18/1–7.
Habitat
Deciduous or semi-desert bushland and semi-desert grassland; 760–980 m.
Distribution
K1

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia

Cucumis kelleri (Cogn.) Ghebret. & Thulin appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Gillett, J.B. [13774], Kenya Cucumella kelleri 796.000 No
Gillett, J.B. [14071], Kenya Cucumella kelleri 797.000 No
Gillett, J.B. [13854], Kenya Cucumella kelleri 9966.000 No
Puccionio [568 [624]], Somalia Cucumella kelleri K000313243 Yes

First published in Novon 17: 177 (2007)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

Literature

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 1, (1993) Author: by C. Jeffrey & M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

  • Flora of Somalia

    Flora of Somalia
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

  • 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 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/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0