Rafael Saade & Rafael Colin, 1991
mistake?: Parasicyos dieterlea
This monoecious member of
the Cucurbitaceae was
described by Rafael Lira Saade and
Rafael Torres Colin in 1991. It is found in southern Mexico. In
needs a well drained soil, some water and some sun. The caudex is
large; twelve centimetres or more in diameter, and the vines will climb for four meters.
The flowers are greenish white..
The genera name from Latin
para; 'near' and Greek sicyos; 'cucumber' for the
apparent affinity with the genus Sicyos, another member of the
Cucurbitaceae family. The species name for Jennie van Ackeren
Dieterle; 1909-1999, an US-American botanist at the University of
Michigan Herbarium and Cucurbitaceae specialist.
Other genus: Parasicyos
maculatus Dieterle 1975, from Guatemala. Used for rat poison.