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Family: CUCURBITACEAE 

 Kedrostis nana
 

Photo from Stupid Garden Plants.

  
Author:  CÚlestin Alfred Cogniaux 1881
Family:  Cucurbitaceae
Habitat:  Eastern + Western Cape,South Africa
Soil:  Mixed
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  30 Centimetres
Height:  250 Centimetres
Flower:  Pale Yellow
Reproduction:  Seeds
Pop names:  Dwarf Kedrostis, Porcupine Potato, Ystervarkpatat, Dawidjieswortel
Synonyms:  Bryonia nana, Jean Baptiste Antoine Pierre de Monnet de Lamarck. Coniandra mollis, Otto Wilhelm Sonder. Coniandra thunbergii Otto Wilhelm Sonder. Kedrostis angulata, Henri Georges Fourcade. Kedrostis mollis, CÚlestin Alfred Cogniaux. Kedrostis velutina, CÚlestin Alfred Cogniaux. Melothria hederacea, CÚlestin Alfred Cogniaux.
Kedrostis nana var. schlechteri, A. Meeuse = Kedrostis schlechteri Cogn.
Kedrostis nana var. zeyheri, A. Meeuse = Coniandra zeyheri Schrad.and Kedrostis zeyheri Cogn.

 

 

   This member of the Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by CÚlestin Alfred Cogniaux in 1881. It is found in Eastern and Western Cape of South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 30 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to two and a half meter in height. The flowers are pale yellow.

   

As with so many other Cucurbitaceae, the leaves have huge variations