Male flower, photo from: Dr.
Fruit, photo by
|Author: ||William Jackson
Comoros, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania
Zanzibar Oil Vine, Castanha de Inhambane, Cungo, Cungua,
Cungua, Cungua, Dicungo, Lipeme, Meme, Oyster Nut, Umpeme,
Queen's Nut, Mkweme
pedata, Sims, 1827.
Telfaria africana, A: Chevalier,
Joliffia africana Bojer, 1827.
This dioecious member of
the Cucurbitaceae was
William Jackson Hooker
It is found in the rainforests
of Comoros, Madagascar, Mozambique and Tanzania (and as a crop in i.e. Kenya,
Malawi, Mauritius), growing in a well drained soil with some water
and some sun. The vines will climb for up to 30 meters. The flowers
are pinkish-purple and white.
The genera is named after
Mr. & Mrs. Telfair, who grow the plant on their farm Bois Chery,
on Mauritius. Mrs. draw the plant for Hooker in 1826. The
species name means 'foot-like'
Female flower, photo