1. Family: Cucurbitaceae Juss.
    1. Lagenaria Ser.

      1. This genus is accepted, and is native to Africa..

    [FZ]

    Cucurbitaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

    Habit
    Vigorous scandent herbs.
    Leaves
    Leaves simple; petiole with 2 apical lateral glands.
    Tendrils
    Tendrils proximally 2-fid.
    Receptacle
    Receptacle-tube obconic to cylindrical; lobes remote, narrow, usually glandular.
    Corolla
    Petals 5, free or nearly so, entire.
    Stamens
    Stamens 3, 2 double two-thecous, 1 single one-thecous, free; filaments inserted on the receptacle-tube; connectives broad; thecae flexuous.
    Flowers
    Female flowers solitary; receptacle-tube extremely short, perianth otherwise similar to that of male flower; stigma 3-lobed. Male flowers solitary or racemose. Flowers large, white, monoecious or dioecious, opening in the evenings.
    Fruits
    Fruit greenish, terete, hard-shelled, fleshy, indehiscent.
    Seeds
    Seeds compressed, oblong or ovate in outline, the faces with two flat submarginal ridges.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Strong-growing herbaceous climbers or trailers
    Leaves
    Leaves simple; petiole with a pair of apical lateral glands
    Tendrils
    Tendrils proximally bifid, or sometimes simple
    Flowers
    Flowers large, white, opening in the evenings, monoecious or dioecious Male flowers solitary or racemose; receptacle-tube obconic to long-cylindrical; lobes narrow, relatively small; petals 5, free, entire; stamens 3 (2 double 2-thecous, 1 single 1-thecous); filaments free, inserted on the tube; anthers free but often coherent; connectives broad; thecae triplicate and usually also much contorted Female flowers solitary; ovary hairy; ovules many, horizontal; receptacle-tube very short; stigma 3-lobed, Fruit large, greenish, terete, hard-shelled, fleshy, indehiscent
    Male
    Male flowers solitary or racemose; receptacle-tube obconic to long-cylindrical; lobes narrow, relatively small; petals 5, free, entire; stamens 3 (2 double 2-thecous, 1 single 1-thecous); filaments free, inserted on the tube; anthers free but often coherent; connectives broad; thecae triplicate and usually also much contorted
    Female
    Female flowers solitary; ovary hairy; ovules many, horizontal; receptacle-tube very short; stigma 3-lobed, Fruit large, greenish, terete, hard-shelled, fleshy, indehiscent
    Seeds
    Seed compressed, oblong or ovate-oblong in outline, smooth, somewhat 2-horned at one end and tapered at the other; faces each with 2 flat submarginal ridges approaching one another at each end
    Figures
    Fig. 6.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Central African Repu, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    Alabama, Albania, Andaman Is., Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Arkansas, Assam, Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil South, Cambodia, Canary Is., Christmas I., Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, East European Russia, East Himalaya, Easter Is., Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Florida, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Illinois, India, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kentucky, Korea, Leeward Is., Louisiana, Mali, Maluku, Masachusettes, Mauritius, Mexican Pacific Is., Mexico Southwest, Mississippi, Missouri, Namibia, New Caledonia, New York, Nicobar Is., North Carolina, Oklahoma, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rodrigues, Réunion, South Carolina, Swaziland, Texas, Trinidad-Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, Virginia, Windward Is.

    Lagenaria Ser. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Feb 1, 2003 Cheek, M. [10282], Cameroon K000008343

    First published in Mém. Soc. Phys. Genève 3(1): 25 (1825)

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • —F.T.A. 2: 529.
    Flora Zambesiaca
    • in Mém. Soc. Phys. Hist. Nat. Genève 3: 25, t. 2 (1825).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • in Mém. Soc. Phys. Genèv. 3: 25, t. 2 (1825)

    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

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    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/
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