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Family: CUCURBITACEAE 

 Momordica cochinchinensis
 

Photo by Ivan Cupic.

  
Author:  Curt Polycarp Joachim Sprengel 1826
Family:  Cucurbitaceae
Habitat:  Southeast Asia: Southern China down to North-eastern Australia
Soil:  Mix-Rich
Water:  Medium-Maximum
Sun:  Minimum-Medium
Thickness:  ? Centimetres
Height:  10 Metres
Flower:  Pale Yellow
Reproduction:  Seeds
Pop names:  Gac, Baby Jackfruit, Spiny Bitter Gourd, Sweet Gourd, Cochinchin Gourd, Chinese Bitter-Cucumber, Spiny Bitter-Cucumber
Synonyms:  Muricia cochinchinensis Lour. 1790. Momordica mixta Roxb. 1832. Momordica macrophylla Gage, 1904. Momordica meloniflora Hand.-Mazz. 1921. 

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.

 The name; cochinchinensis derives from the Cochinchina region in the northern
part of Viet Nam.
 

Photo by Ivan Cupic.