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This genus is accepted, and its native range is SW. Angola to NW. Cape Prov.
Acanthosicyos naudinianus (Sond.) C.Jeffrey

[FZ]

Cucurbitaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

Morphology General Habit
Prostrate perennial herbs or erect much-branched spiny shrubs.
Morphology Leaves Scale leaves
Leaves simple, petiolate, or reduced to minute scales.
Morphology General Tendrils
Tendrils solitary or paired, spiniform.
Morphology Reproductive morphology 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit ellipsoid to subglobose, indehiscent, fleshy, many-seeded, covered with stout conical seta-tipped fleshy spines.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds elliptic in outline, subcompressed; testa smooth, hard, not bordered.

Native to:

Angola, Cape Provinces, Namibia

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

First published in 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).

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. 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