1. Family: Cucurbitaceae Juss.
    1. Acanthosicyos Welw. ex Hook.f.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is SW. Angola to NW. Cape Prov.

    [FZ]

    Cucurbitaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

    Habit
    Prostrate perennial herbs or erect much-branched spiny shrubs.
    Scale leaves
    Leaves simple, petiolate, or reduced to minute scales.
    Tendrils
    Tendrils solitary or paired, spiniform.
    Flowers
    Male flowers solitary or fasciculate. Receptacle-tube campanulate; lobes lanceolate to broadly ovate. Petals 5, almost free, entire. Stamens 3, 2 two-thecous, 1 one-thecous, or 5, all one-thecous; filaments inserted on upper part of receptacle-tube; connectives broad; thecae flexuous. Flowers yellow, dioecious. Female flowers solitary; perianth similar to that of male flower, receptacle-tube shorter, cylindrical; staminodes 3 or 5, small or prominent; ovary spiny, the spines each terminating in a short seta; ovules many, horizontal; stigma 3-or 5-lobed.
    Fruits
    Fruit ellipsoid to subglobose, indehiscent, fleshy, many-seeded, covered with stout conical seta-tipped fleshy spines.
    Seeds
    Seeds elliptic in outline, subcompressed; testa smooth, hard, not bordered.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Cape Provinces, Namibia

    Acanthosicyos Welw. ex Hook.f. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in G.Bentham & J.D.Hooker, Gen. Pl. 1: 824 (1867)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • in Benth. & Hook., Gen. Pl. 1: 824 (1867).

    Sources

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

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. 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 2018. 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