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 Zehneria scabra

The very young plant.

Author:   Otto Wilhelm Sonder, 1862
Family:  Cucurbitaceae
Origin:  Southern Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  20 centimetres
Height:  3 meters
Flower:  Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Melothria cordata (Cogn.), Melothria punctata (Cogn. or Rafin), Melothria pendula (Brewer & S.Wats. or G.F. W. Mey. or Linn or Sieber), Echinocystis bigelovii, Melothria fluminensis (Gardn. 1842), and a few others, that it definitely wasn't!

Dioecious, this is female-flowers.

Photo by Daniel Dytfeld.


This member of the Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by Otto Wilhelm Sonder. It's from South Africa. Give it a well-drained soil, some water and sun, and the caudex will grow to 20 centimetres in diameter and the vines to more then 3 meters. The flowers are yellow and it is a monoecious plant.

The genera is named after Josef Zehner, an Austrian botanical illustrator. The species name means 'rough'.

An older plant from WorldWondersGarden.

Photos by Daniel Dytfeld.

The red fruits from  West African Plants.