Alfred Cogniaux, 1881
Burundi, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Za´re, Zimbabwe
Greenish - Yellow
Heterosicyos polymorpha, Welw.1871.
stenolobus, Welw. 1871.
Trochomeria bussei, Gilg. 1904.
Trochomeria brachypetala, R. E. Fries, 1916.
Trochomeria brachypetala var. foliata, R.
Trochomeria bussei var. tripartita,
R. Fernandes, 1959.
Trochomeria multiflora, R.
Trochomeria polymorpha var.
stenoloba, R. & A. Fernandes, 1692.
teixeirae, R. & A. Fernandes, 1969
This little member of the
Cucurbitaceae family was
given this name by CÚlestin
Alfred Cogniaux in 1881. It is found in central Africa, growing in
open forests in a sand or other well
drained soil with some water and some sun. The caudex only grow
from one and a half centimetre to four, but can reach up to 70
centimetres in length. The single of few stems reaches 20 to 100
centimetres. The flowers are greenish to yellow, the one to two
centimetre fruits are 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 'many forms'.