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 Missouri Botanical Garden
carte afrique num 26054
Record n°26054
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