|Author: || CÚlestin Alfred Cogniaux, 1888
W South Africa
ecirrhosus, Chakrav, 1949
This monoecious member
of the Cucurbitaceae family was described by CÚlestin Alfred Cogniaux in 1888. It is
found in Namibia and western South Africa, growing in a well drained soil
with little water* and lots of sun. The thickened rootstock can grow
to fifteen centimetres in diameter, the vines will crawl for two
meters and the flowers are yellow.
*It is reliant on a
deep water layer in the ground and morning fogs, and need some water
when in culture.
The genera name from Medieval
Latin citrullus, citrolus, a kind of cucumber, from
(assumed) Old Italian dialect citrulo (Italian cetriolo),
from (assumed) Vulgar Latin citriolum, from Late Latin
citrium, a kind of cucumber, from Latin, citron, from citrus.
The species name from Latin e, ex; meaning 'without' and