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Published In: Biblioteca italiana ossia giornale di letteratura scienze ed arti 9: 158. 1818. (Bibliot. Ital. (Milan)) Name publication detail
 

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Contributor Text: S. NAZIMUDDIN AND S. SHAHARYAR H. NAQVI
General/Distribution: A monotypic genus of Indo-Malayan region, cultivated in tropics and subtropics.

 

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Annual, large climber, softly hairy all over, monoecious. Tendrils 2-3-fid. Leaves palmately more or less 5-lobed, cordate, reniform-orbicular. Petiole eglandular. Probract opposite the tendril at the base of petiole, reniform-ovate, entire. Flowers large, yellow, axillary, all solitary; male: calyx tube broadly campanulate, 5-lobed, leaf-like, serrate. Corolla 5-partite, subcampanulate, segments oblong-ovate, obtuse, not reflexed, stamens 3, filaments short, green, anthers subsessile, free or slightly coherent, 1-2-thecous, thecae linear, flexuous and sigmoid; rudimentary ovary gland-like. Female: ovary oblong-ovoid, triplacentiferous; style stout, thick, stigmas 3, large, reniform; ovules many, horizontal. Fruit large, fleshy, globose or oblong, baccate, hispid, glaucous, many seeded, indehiscent. Seeds many, ovoid-oblong, compressed, margin tumid.
 
 
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