|Author: ||Denis M.
Dieterlea fusiformis, Emily Jane Lott, 1986
This member of the Cucurbitaceae family was
given this name by Denis M. Kearns in 1994. It is found in the
western part of Mexico down into Guatemala, growing in a well
drained soil with some to lots of water water and quite some sun. The caudex
can grow to 40 or even 50 centimetres in diameter while the vines
can reach four metres. The flowers are white to pale yellow.
The genera name after Pierre
LeMoyne Sieur D'Iberville, 17th century explorer and settler in
America. The species name means
'thickest in the middle'. That must be the fruit. I got quite some
friends fitting that description....
Ibervillea is dioecious,
there are separate male and female plants.