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Genus Sicyos Family Cucurbitaceae

Description: Monoecious climbing or trailing annual herbs, bristly or pubescent with glandular hairs. Tendrils 2–5-branched.

Leaves simple, palmately lobed.

Flowers small. Male flowers in racemes, often head-like; female flowers in heads or solitary. Hypanthium bell-shaped. Corolla deeply 3–5-lobed, white or greenish. Stamens 2–5; filaments united in a column, anthers fused into a head. Female flowers without staminodes. Ovary ovoid; ovule solitary.

Fruit ovoid, mostly bristly, 1-seeded.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 50 species, North & South America, Hawaiian Is., Pacific. Australia: 1 species (native).

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Sicyos australis

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