Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia,
||Sand - Mix
Medium - Maximum
1 Meter Long
Cucumber, Herero Cucumber
Cucumis naudinianus Sond.
Pseudocucumis naudinianus, C.Jeffrey
This member of the Cucurbitaceae
family was given this name by Charles Jeffrey in 1962. It is found
in Angola, Botswana, South
Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe,
growing in deep sandy or other well drained soil in wood- and
grassland. It doesn't need much water but
some to lots of sun. The 15 centimetre thick root will grow to one meter in length, the
vines reach for up to six meters. Both the male and the female
flowers are yellow, and the plant can only be reproduced by seeds
and rood cuttings. The spiked fruits are six to twelve centimetres
long and pale yellow when ripen.
The genera name means 'thorny
cucumber'. The species is named after Charles Naudin, 1815-1899, a a
French naturalist and botanist.