Common name: Slender Cucumber
Neoachmandra cunninghamii (F.Muell.) W.J.de Wilde & Duyfjes APNI*
Synonyms: Zehneria cunninghamii F.Muell. APNI*
Melothria cunninghamii (F.Muell.) Benth. APNI*
Description: Slender climber.
Leaves with lamina ± triangular, 4–8 cm long, rarely shallowly 3-lobed, margins toothed, thin and scabrous; petiole 2–6 cm long.
Male flowers clustered in axils or on a slender peduncle. Female flowers on pedicels 1–4 cm long, in 1–3-flowered clusters. Corolla c. 4 mm long, yellow, calyx shorter.
Fruit 6–12 mm diam., smooth, green turning pale yellow; seeds 4–8, c. 5 mm long; ripe summer to autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in warmer rainforest on the coast and adjacent ranges, north from the Hunter Valley.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Text by G. J. Harden; Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990); Wilde, W.J.J.O. de & Duyfjes, B.E.E. (2006), Redefinition of Zehneria and four new related genera (Cucurbitaceae), with an enumeration of the Australasian and Pacific species. Blumea 51(1): 18.
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