Genus:
Cucumis L.

Cucumis messorius (C.Jeffrey) Ghebret. & Thulin

This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Small slightly succulent perennial herb; stems herbaceous, pilose, becoming thickened, fibrous and scabrid-punctate when older, eventually developing a thin pale longitudinally fissured bark.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blade 10–17 mm. long, 9–26 mm. broad, deeply dissected into narrow (1–2 mm. wide) linear segments, with the primary segments 3–5, palmately arranged and each pinnately divided into ± ascending lateral segments, scabrid-hairy becoming scabrid-punctate above and on the margins; petiole 4–10 mm. long, scabrid-hairy becoming scabrid-punctate.
sex Male
Male flowers 1–3 on ± 1 mm. long pedicels, with or without an accompanying ♀ flower; receptacle-tube 0.5–1 mm. long; lobes filiform, 0.2–1 mm. long; petals ± rounded, 1–1.2 mm. long, 1–1.5 mm. broad.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers 1–2 on ± 2 mm. long pedicels; ovary subglobose, hairy, 1.2–2.5 mm. long, 1–1.5 mm. across; receptacle-tube 0.5 mm. long; lobes triangular-subulate, 0.3–0.8 mm. long; petals ± 1 mm. long and 0.8 mm. broad. Male flowers 1–3 on ± 1 mm. long pedicels, with or without an accompanying ♀ flower; receptacle-tube 0.5–1 mm. long; lobes filiform, 0.2–1 mm. long; petals ± rounded, 1–1.2 mm. long, 1–1.5 mm. broad.
sex Female
Female flowers 1–2 on ± 2 mm. long pedicels; ovary subglobose, hairy, 1.2–2.5 mm. long, 1–1.5 mm. across; receptacle-tube 0.5 mm. long; lobes triangular-subulate, 0.3–0.8 mm. long; petals ± 1 mm. long and 0.8 mm. broad.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits solitary or paired on 2–3 mm. long stalks, subglobose, longitudinally striped, sparsely and shortly hairy, 8–10 mm. in diameter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 3 × 2.5 × 1.5 mm.
Figures
Fig. 22.
Habitat
Bare places around holes of harvesting ants in the areas of ancient lake-beds in the Rift Valley; 1730–1830 m.
Distribution
not known elsewhere K3 K6

Native to:

Kenya

Cucumis messorius (C.Jeffrey) Ghebret. & Thulin appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jan 1, 1993 Cole, E. [10465], Kenya Myrmecosicyos messorius K000354086 paratype Yes
Jan 1, 1992 Verdcourt, B. [4005], Kenya Myrmecosicyos messorius K000354087 Yes
Jun 1, 1965 Bogdan, A. [980], Kenya Myrmecosicyos messorius K000242635 holotype Yes
Verdcourt, B. [4005], Kenya Myrmecosicyos messorius 26033.000 No
Bogdan, A.V. [980], Kenya Myrmecosicyos messorius 4655.000 holotype No
Luke, P.A. [6164], Kenya Myrmecosicyos messorius K000354085 No

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

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Jeffrey, C. (1967). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Cucurbitaceae: 1-156.

  • 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