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Cucumis dipsaceus Ehrenb. ex Spach
Family Cucurbitaceae
Cucumis dipsaceus Ehrenb. ex Spach APNI*

Description: Annual with trailing, angular stems with stiff bristly hairs on the ridges.

Leaves with lamina broad-ovate to ± triangular, 3–6 cm long, 2–5 cm wide, cordate at base, margins toothed, upper surface scabrous and on veins below; petiole 8–12 cm long, with spreading hairs.

Flowers 1–4, on stalks 7–12 mm long.

Fruit ellipsoid, 4–6 cm long, pale green to yellow when ripe, densely covered with soft bristles; stalk 10–20 mm long.


Distribution and occurrence: Not common, occasionally naturalized. Native of trop. Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Other Australian states: *Qld
AVH map***

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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