8590.000 Acanthosicyos Welw. ex Hook. f.

Description of the genus

Prostrate dioecious perennial herbs (in ours) with annual stems arising from tubers. Leaves simple. Tendrils consisting of weak spines. Flowers yellow. Male flowers solitary or in fascicles; petals 5; stamens 3. Female flowers solitary; ovary spiny. Fruit ellipsoid to subspherical, indehiscent, bearing many stout conical spines.

Worldwide: 2 species in southern Africa

Zambia: 1 taxon.

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naudinianus (Sond.) C. JeffreyB,SS,WDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Acanthosicyos:

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Flora of Botswana: Acanthosicyos
Flora of Caprivi: Acanthosicyos
Flora of Mozambique: Acanthosicyos
Flora of Zimbabwe: Acanthosicyos

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Acanthosicyos
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Acanthosicyos
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Acanthosicyos
Wikipedia: Acanthosicyos
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Acanthosicyos
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Acanthosicyos

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Acanthosicyos.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1439, retrieved 4 February 2023

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