1. Family: Cucurbitaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Coccinia Wight & Arn.
      1. Coccinia grandiflora Cogn. ex Engl.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya to Zimbabwe.

    [FZ]

    Cucurbitaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

    Habit
    Stems scandent or prostrate, vigorous, shortly pubescent or almost glabrous.
    Leaves
    Leaf-lamina 7–18 × 7–20 cm., broadly ovate in outline, cordate, deep green, glabrous or shortly pubescent on veins beneath and less so above, punctate, shallowly to deeply palmately 5-lobed, the lobes triangular or broadly ovate to elliptic, subentire to coarsely sinuate-dentate, rounded or obtuse, apiculate, the central largest.
    Petiole
    Petioles 3·5–9 cm. long, usually pubescent.
    Tendrils
    Tendrils 2-fid, one branch often very weakly developed, rarely simple.
    Probract
    Probracts 3–8·5 mm. long, spathulate.
    Flowers
    male flowers in 1·5–7·5 cm. pedunculate bracteate racemes, usually co-axillary with a solitary flower; bracts small, 2–5 mm. long, glabrous, ± spathulate; pedicels of racemose flowers 2–20 mm. long, of solitary flowers 25–60 mm. long. Receptacle-tube 5–7 mm. long, obconic below, expanded above, lobes 4–10 mm. long, narrowly triangular-lanceolate, acute. Corolla orange or apricot-yellow, the lobes 2·5–5 × 1–1·5 cm., narrowly ovate, acute, apiculate, united in lower half. Female flowers solitary or paired; peduncle 8–22 mm. long; ovary 20–36 × 1·5–2·5 mm., cylindrical, glabrous; receptacle-tube c. 3–5 mm. long, campanulate, lobes 3–7 mm. long, lanceolate, acute; corolla often larger than in male flowers, otherwise similar.
    Male
    male flowers in 1·5–7·5 cm. pedunculate bracteate racemes, usually co-axillary with a solitary flower; bracts small, 2–5 mm. long, glabrous, ± spathulate; pedicels of racemose flowers 2–20 mm. long, of solitary flowers 25–60 mm. long. Receptacle-tube 5–7 mm. long, obconic below, expanded above, lobes 4–10 mm. long, narrowly triangular-lanceolate, acute. Corolla orange or apricot-yellow, the lobes 2·5–5 × 1–1·5 cm., narrowly ovate, acute, apiculate, united in lower half.
    Female
    Female flowers solitary or paired; peduncle 8–22 mm. long; ovary 20–36 × 1·5–2·5 mm., cylindrical, glabrous; receptacle-tube c. 3–5 mm. long, campanulate, lobes 3–7 mm. long, lanceolate, acute; corolla often larger than in male flowers, otherwise similar.
    Fruits
    Fruit 8–30 × 1·5–2·5 cm., cylindrical, terete, bright red; fruit-stalk stout, 4–6·5 cm. long, expanded upwards.
    Seeds
    Seeds 4·5–4·7 × 2·5–2·7 × 1·3 mm., ovate, compressed, obscurely bordered.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

    Coccinia grandiflora Cogn. ex Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Drummond, R.B. [3407], Tanzania 18785.000
    Drummond, R.B. [2783], Tanzania 5139.000
    Drummond, R.B. [3874], Kenya 8067.000
    Richards, H.M. [23894], Tanzania 7614.000
    Renvoize, S.A. [1759], Tanzania 7358.000

    First published in Abh. Königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 1894: 34 (1894)

    Accepted by

    • Holstein, N. (2015). Monograph of Coccinia (Cucurbitaceae) PhytoKeys 54: 1-166.
    • Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Alves, T., Francisco, J., Harris, T., Nangoma, D. & de Sousa, C. (2009). Biodiversity and Conservation of Mchese Mountain, Malawi. Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036: 1-71. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
    • Launert, E. (ed.) (1978). Flora Zambesiaca 4: 1-658. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Jeffrey, C. (1967). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Cucurbitaceae: 1-156.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. 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 2019. 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