Bentham & J.D: Hooker, 1867
Namibia, South Africa
Medium - Maximum
Trochomeria wyleyana, Cogn.
Zehneria debilis Sond.
Zehneria wyleana Sond
This member of the
Cucurbitaceae family was
given this name by George
Bentham and Joseph Dalton Hooker in 1867. It is found in Botswana,
South Africa, growing in a well
drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex
can grow to at least 25 centimetres in diameter, and the vines can
reach three metres. Both male and female flowers are yellowish
green, and the small fruits are orange-red.
The genera name is derived from
two Greek words, trochos; 'a wheel' and meris; 'a
part'. The connection to the plant is rather obscure; perhaps the
long, narrow corolla lobes look like the spokes of a wheel? The
species name means 'weak' or 'frail'.