1. Family: Cucurbitaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Coccinia Wight & Arn.
      1. Coccinia sessilifolia (Sond.) Cogn.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Africa.

    [FZ]

    Cucurbitaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

    Habit
    Stems annual, arising from tuberous subterranean rootstock, prostrate or scandent, glabrous.
    Leaves
    Leaf-lamina 3–9 × 4–13 cm., sessile, ± amplexicaul, broadly ovate in outline, cordate, ± glaucous, glabrous, smooth or sparsely to densely± strongly scabrid-punctate, deeply palmately 3–5-lobed, the lobes elliptic to lanceolate, entire to coarsely and usually sharply sinuate-dentate or lobulate, sometimes deeply and narrowly so, acute, apiculate.
    Tendrils
    Tendrils simple.
    Probract
    Probracts 1·5–3·5 mm. long, small, narrow.
    Flowers
    male flowers solitary or in sessile or up to 3·5 cm. pedunculate clusters or racemes, when pedunculate usually bracteate and with a co-axillary solitary flower; pedicels of solitary and clustered flowers 0·8–7·5 cm. long, of racemose flowers 1–2 cm. long; bracts small, 1·5–3 mm. long, lanceolate or spathulate. Receptacle-tube 4–5·5 mm. long, campanulate, glabrous; lobes 3·5–5 mm. long, lanceolate, acute. Corolla pale yellow, sometimes with pinkish tinge, green-veined, the lobes 2–3 × 1–1·5 cm., united to above the middle. Female flowers solitary; pedicels 0·7–1·5 cm. long, stout; ovary c. 15–18 × 3·5 mm., cylindrical or ellipsoid-rostrate, glabrous; receptacle-tube 3 mm. long, narrowly campanulate, lobes 3–4·5 mm. long, lanceolate; corolla similar to that of male flowers.
    Male
    male flowers solitary or in sessile or up to 3·5 cm. pedunculate clusters or racemes, when pedunculate usually bracteate and with a co-axillary solitary flower; pedicels of solitary and clustered flowers 0·8–7·5 cm. long, of racemose flowers 1–2 cm. long; bracts small, 1·5–3 mm. long, lanceolate or spathulate. Receptacle-tube 4–5·5 mm. long, campanulate, glabrous; lobes 3·5–5 mm. long, lanceolate, acute. Corolla pale yellow, sometimes with pinkish tinge, green-veined, the lobes 2–3 × 1–1·5 cm., united to above the middle.
    Female
    Female flowers solitary; pedicels 0·7–1·5 cm. long, stout; ovary c. 15–18 × 3·5 mm., cylindrical or ellipsoid-rostrate, glabrous; receptacle-tube 3 mm. long, narrowly campanulate, lobes 3–4·5 mm. long, lanceolate; corolla similar to that of male flowers.
    Fruits
    Fruit 5·5–10·5 × 2–2·5 cm., ellipsoid-fusiform or ellipsoid-cylindrical, often shortly rostrate, bright red; fruit-stalk 0·7–1·5 cm. long, stout, expanded upwards.
    Seeds
    Seeds 6·5–7 × 3–3·5 × 1·4 mm., asymmetrically ovate in outline, compressed; testa minutely rugulose.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, Namibia, Northern Provinces

    Coccinia sessilifolia (Sond.) Cogn. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Ollerton, J. [93], Namibia 61161.000
    Zeyher [580], South Africa K000313205 Unknown type material
    Drege K000313206 Unknown type material
    illegible [s.n.], South Africa K000313207 Unknown type material

    First published in A.L.P.P.de Candolle & A.C.P.de Candolle, Monogr. Phan. 3: 534 (1881)

    Accepted by

    • Holstein, N. (2015). Monograph of Coccinia (Cucurbitaceae) PhytoKeys 54: 1-166.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • 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.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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