Coccinia grandis

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Coccinia grandis (L.) Voigt

Cucurbitaceae

Life form: climber
Usage: economic plant

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Arrangement: alternate
Leaves:

Shape: cordate

Division: simple

Shape: campanulate
Fruit: berry

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Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Dilleniidae
Superordo:
Violanae
Ordo:
Cucurbitales

Coccinia grandis, commonly known as Ivy Gourd, is a climber.

Naming

Coccinia grandis was already described and the name validly published by Carl Linnaeus. It was Joachim Otto Voigt, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1845.

Taxonomy

Coccinia grandis is a species in the genus Coccinia which contains approximately 33 to 40 species and belongs to the family of the Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber Family).

Characteristics

Growth

Leaves

Coccinia grandis has simple leaves that are alternate. The leaves are cordate, entire and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Coccinia grandis produces solitary white campanulate flowers from July to August.

The climbers carry ornamental berries.

Root System

Distribution

Coccinia grandis is native to tropical Africa, tropical Asia and Australia and is naturalized in tropical America.

Cultivation

The climbers tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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