Cucumis anguria

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Cucumis anguria L.

Cucurbitaceae

Life form: annual or biennial

 

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: reniform

Division: simple

Shape: campanulate
Fruit: berry

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Inflorescence: cluster

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

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

Cucumis anguria, commonly known as West Indian Gherkin, belongs to the group of annual and biennial plants.

Naming

Cucumis anguria was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Cucumis anguria is a species in the genus Cucumis which contains approximately 52 to 90 species and belongs to the family of the Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The plants reach heights of 1 to 1,5 metres.

Leaves

Cucumis anguria is deciduous. The simple leaves are alternate. They are reniform and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Cucumis anguria produces cluster of yellow campanulate flowers.

The plants produce berries.

Root System

Distribution

Cucumis anguria is native to tropical Africa and is naturalized in Queensland and tropical America.

Cultivation

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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