African Plant Database

Cucumis africanus L. f.
Protologue : Suppl. Pl. 423 (1782) 
Information on the genus : Cucumis
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Cucumis hookeri Naudin (1870)
=*Cucumis arenarius Schrad. (1838) non Schumach. & Thonn.
=*Cucumis dipsaceus Wender. ex Steud. (1840)
=*Cucumis africanus var. echinatus Herm.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Annual or perhaps sometimes perennial herb, or at least sometimes developing a woody rootstock; stems prostrate or scandent, to ± 1 m long, developing a thin pallid bark when old.
Ecology : Sandy and stony places; 330 m alt. Namibia, Botswana, S. Africa.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb- Length 0.5 - 2 m. Alt: 150 - 2115 m. Distribution: BOT, NAM, EC, GA, KN, LP, MP, NC, NW, WC
Biol./Eco : Herb, Vine; distribution: Africa.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Drug Pl. Africa : 71 (1949).
  • Ethnobotany of the Kwanyama Ovambos : 68 (1985).
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Namibia photo from Kyffhauser
see under Catalogue de Madagascar
see under African Plants - a Photo Guide
see under Missouri Botanical Garden
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