An Ming Lu & C. Jeffrey,
is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, given this name
by An Ming Lu and Charles Jeffrey in 1914. It is from the
mountains around Yunnan in northern China. It grow in a well-drained soil
with quiet some
water and from bright shadow to full sun. The flowers are yellow, and it
is a dioecious plant. The caudex are among the largest; more than one meter
in diameter, and the vines more than six meters.
The genera name from Greek
thladias; 'eunuch' and anthos; 'flower', referring to the
suppressed stamens suggesting they had been neutered. The species
name from Latin palmatti; 'hand-shaped', and Latin partita;
'parted' for the leaves.
If this is T. dubia, it will get red striped fruits, sized as a hen egg.
First described by Bunge in 1833.
If it is T. calcarata, it was first
described by Wall. in 1832 as Momordica calcarata. Then as T.
calcarata by C.B.Clarke in 1876.
If it is T. cordifolia
(Cogn. 1881), first described by Blume as Luffa cordifolia in
Then again, it could be T. sp., and still
waiting for a description!
Bear in mind: It's a
Cucurbitaceae and their names usually a mess!