Benincasa hispida

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Benincasa hispida (Thunb.) Cogn.

Cucurbitaceae

Life form: climber
Usage: economic plant

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   10

Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: reniform

Division: simple

Shape: five-stellate
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

Benincasa hispida is a climber.

Naming

Benincasa hispida was already described and the name validly published by Carl Peter Thunberg. It was Célestin Alfred Cogniaux, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1881.

Taxonomy

Benincasa hispida is the only species in the genus Benincasa which belongs to the family of the Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber Family).

Characteristics

Benincasa hispida - fruits

Growth

The climbers reach heights of 4 to 6 metres.

Leaves

Benincasa hispida is deciduous. The simple leaves are alternate. They are reniform, dentate and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Benincasa hispida produces solitary yellow five-stellate flowers from July to September.

The climbers carry edible, ornamental berries.

Root System

Distribution

Benincasa hispida is native to : garden origin.

Cultivation

The climbers prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil. They tolerate temperatures only above at least 1°C (USDA zone 10).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

The plants usually need very little maintenance.


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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