1. Family: Cucurbitaceae Juss.
    1. Diplocyclos (Endl.) Post & Kuntze

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical Africa, Tropical Asia.

    [FZ]

    Cucurbitaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

    Habit
    Scandent perennial herbs; young stems green-spotted.
    Leaves
    Leaves petiolate, simple, palmately lobed.
    Tendrils
    Tendrils proximally 2-fid.
    Bracts
    Probracts present, small.
    Receptacle
    Receptacle-tube short and broad; lobes small, remote.
    Corolla
    Corolla whitish or pale yellow, gamopetalous, 5-lobed, the lobes entire.
    Stamens
    Stamens 3, 2 double two-thecous, 1 single one-thecous, free; filaments inserted on the receptacle-tube; connectives broad; thecae flexuous.
    Disc
    Disk ± undulate, adnate to the receptacle-tube.
    Flowers
    Female flowers subsessile; ovary terete; ovules rather few, horizontal; receptacle-tube smaller and narrower than in male flowers, perianth otherwise similar; stigma 3-lobed. Male flowers on slender pedicels. Flowers monoecious, in sessile or shortly racemose few- to many-flowered axillary clusters, male and female often co-axillary.
    Fruits
    Fruits solitary or clustered, subsessile, baccate, fleshy, globose to ellipsoid, indehiscent, red with white longitudinal stripes or lines of markings.
    Seeds
    Seeds rather small, pyriform, with highly convex faces and thick 2-grooved, rugulose margins.
    [FTEA]

    Cucurbitaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1967

    Habit
    Medium-sized perennial climbers; stems herbaceous, flecked with darker green
    Leaves
    Leaves simple; blade palmately lobed
    Tendrils
    Tendrils bifid
    Bracts
    Probracts present
    Flowers
    Flowers medium-sized, white, cream or pale yellowish, green-veined, monoecious Male flowers in sessile or shortly racemose few- to many-flowered clusters, often coaxillary with ♀ flowers; pedicels slender; receptacle-tube relatively short and broad; lobes small; corolla gamopetalous, 5-lobed; lobes entire and without scales inside at the base; stamens 3 (2 double 2-thecous, 1 single 1-thecous), free; filaments inserted on the tube; connective broad; thecae triplicate; disk annular, ± undulate, not distinct from the tube Female flowers solitary or usually clustered, subsessile, often coaxillary with the ♂ flowers; ovary terete, green with longitudinal white lines or lines of markings; ovules rather few, horizontal; disk as in ♂ flower; stigma 3-lobed
    Male
    Male flowers in sessile or shortly racemose few- to many-flowered clusters, often coaxillary with ♀ flowers; pedicels slender; receptacle-tube relatively short and broad; lobes small; corolla gamopetalous, 5-lobed; lobes entire and without scales inside at the base; stamens 3 (2 double 2-thecous, 1 single 1-thecous), free; filaments inserted on the tube; connective broad; thecae triplicate; disk annular, ± undulate, not distinct from the tube
    Female
    Female flowers solitary or usually clustered, subsessile, often coaxillary with the ♂ flowers; ovary terete, green with longitudinal white lines or lines of markings; ovules rather few, horizontal; disk as in ♂ flower; stigma 3-lobed
    Fruits
    Fruits solitary or often clustered, subsessile, medium-sized, baccate, thin-walled and fleshy, globose to ovoid or ovoid-rostrate, indehiscent, red with white longitudinal stripes or lines of markings
    Seeds
    Seeds rather small, pyriform, with small highly convex disk and thick 2-grooved margins
    Figures
    Fig. 9, p. 72.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Burundi, Chad, Congo, East Himalaya, Ethiopia, Gulf of Guinea Is., India, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesser Sunda Is., Malawi, Malaya, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Norfolk Is., Pakistan, Philippines, Queensland, Rwanda, Solomon Is., Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vanuatu, West Himalaya, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Diplocyclos (Endl.) Post & Kuntze appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Lex. Gen. Phan.: 178 (1903)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • Lex. Phan.: 178 (1903).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Lex.: 178 (1903)

    Sources

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

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    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