Photo by Ivan Cupic.
This member of the Cucurbitaceae family was
given this name by Curt Polycarp Joachim Sprengel in 1826. It is found in
Taiwan, Bangladesh, China, India, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand,
Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and northern Australia: Queensland. It
is growing in a rather rich soil with quite some water and little to
some sun. The flowers are pale yellow with a black centre. The
roots are tuberous, the size unknown at present time. The wines can
reach ten metres or more.
Grown for its dark
orange fruits that grow to 10-15 centimetres in diameter. It is
dioecious; either male- or female plants.
cochinchinensis derives from the Cochinchina region in the
part of Viet Nam.