Photo by Sokolkov, Inaturalist.
A huge area with the plant by Serhii
The male flowers by V.S. Volkotrub,
The fruit by Thomas Strid, Inaturalist.
Alexander A. von Bunge, 1833
China, Korea, Mongolia, SE Russia
Medium - Maximum
Manchu Tubergourd, Red
Hailstone, Golden Creeper
Gymnopetalum piperifolium, Miq. 1856.
Thladiantha sparsiflora, E.H.L.Krause.
dioecious member of the
was given this name by Alexander Andrejewitsch von Bunge in 1833. It is found in
China, Korea and south-eastern Russia, growing in anything but prefer a well drained
rich soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to
twelve centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
from two to eight metres in height. The flowers are yellow.
The genera name from Greek
thladias; 'eunuch' and anthos; 'flower', referring to the
suppressed stamens suggesting they had been neutered. The species
name from Latin; dubia; means ‘doubtful’ - as it might
be a eunuch? Well, the American seems to be, as only males are fund