Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia
||Medium - Maximum
Momordica microphylla, Chiov.
This member of the Cucurbitaceae family was described by Philipp William
Albrecht Zimmermann in
1922, and is found in Kenya,
Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Somalia. It preferring a well-drained soil, plenty of water in growth and some sun. The caudex will grow to 30 centimetres
in diameter, the vines can reach seven metres. The flowers are yellow, and it can only be reproduced from
The name comes from Mordio:
bite' after the bitten appearance of the seeds. The
species name means 'with a beak'.
Dioecious (but seen
monoecious in cultivation), female flowers might only occur on older
plants. The fruits are orange, and
look a little like a