Monique Keraudren, 1964
be: Zygosicyos pubescens, Gordon
Douglas Rowley, 2002
This member of the Cucurbitaceae family was described by Monique Keraudren
in 1964. It's from Madagascar, where it lives on the mountain
slopes. Rich soil, some water and not too much sun. The caudex can
grow ffrom 30 to 100 centimetres in diameter. The vines will reach for
3-6 metres - or more. As seen on the photo, the flowers
name from Greek xeros; 'dry' and sicyos; a cucumber'.
The species name for the tiny hairs on the leaves.
This is a dioecious plant. On this close-up of the flower,
it's easy to see why it's named
Rowley changed this plant into Zygosicyos pubescens in 2002,
and published it in 2003. He have made some other changes which
turned out to be questionable. We will see...