African Plant Database

Lagenaria siceraria (Molina) Standl.
Protologue : Publ. Field Columbian Mus., Bot. Ser. 3: 435 (1930)
Information on the genus : Lagenaria
Basionym : Cucurbita siceraria Molina
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for NA : accepted (introduced)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Cucurbita siceraria Molina (1782)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Lagenaria vulgaris Ser. (1825)
=Lagenaria abyssinica var. somaliensis Chiov.
=Cucurbita leucantha Duchesne (1786)
=Cucurbita lagenaria L. (1753)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Annual climber or trailer to 4,5 m long; stems herbaceous; fruits very variable.
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Ecology : Apparently wild in grassland and bushland; also cultivated; 40- 2800 m alt. Pantropical but probably introduced outside Africa and Asia.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : annual-Herb, Climber- Ht 1 - 5 m. Alt: 245 - 1265 m. Distribution: BOT, NAM, GA, LP, NW, SWZ
Biol./Eco : Herb, Vine; distribution: Naturalised in Madagascar.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Peyre de Fabrègues B. & J. P. Lebrun (1976). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Niger. Maison Alfort
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Lebrun J.P. & A. stork (2010). Buxaceae-Simaroubaceae Trop. Afr. Flow. Plants (Ecol. Distr.) 5: 386
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:198 (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Ethnobotany of the Kwanyama Ovambos : 69 (1985).
  • Checklist Flow. Pl. Sub-Saharan Africa : 254 (2006).

Bibliography other :
  • Bot. Macaron. 28: 108 (2013). 
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Record n°26208 modified 2007-04-16
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