Common name: West Indian Gherkin
Cucumis anguria L. APNI*
Description: Annual trailer with stems to 3 m long.
Leaves with lamina broad-ovate in outline, 4–8 cm long, 4–7 cm wide, deeply 5-lobed, the central lobe often 3-lobed, bristly, margins toothed; petiole 2–6 cm long with spreading hairs.
Male flowers 1–10, pedicels 4–30 mm long; female flowers on pedicels 10–95 mm long.
Fruit ellipsoid, 3–5 cm long, 20–30 mm diam., greyish green with green stripes, ripening yellowish; spines short, often breaking and surface appearing warted.
Distribution and occurrence: Widely cultivated and naturalized in the trop., rarely naturalized in Aust. Native of Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by G. J. Harden
|N.S.W. occurrences are: var. anguria|
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