Cucumis leiospermus (Wight & Arn.) Ghebret. & Thulin, Novon 17: 177 2007. (syn: Bryonia leiosperma Wight & Arn.; Bryonia wightiana Wall.; Melothria leiosperma (Wight & Arn.) Cogn.; Mukia leiosperma (Wight & Arn.) Wight);

Climbers, stems densely pilose. Leaves 6 x 6 cm, shallowly 5-lobed, lobes obtuse, cuspidate, spineus serrate along the margins, coarsely scabrous above, densely tomentose below; petiole 3 cm long, densely villous. Male flowers 2-3 together, fascicled; pedicel 1 cm long, villous; calyx tube 5 mm long, densely villous; petals yellow, glabrous. Berry 8 mm across, globose, glabrous; seeds few, 5 x 2.5 mm, obovate, smooth, emarginate, yellow.

Flowering and fruiting: February-May
Evergreen and moist deciduous forests
Peninsular India and Sri Lanka
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)

Images by a tourist given to Susanne Renner (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links)

Cucumis (Cucurbitaceae) page with images of species in efloraofindia : ……………………………

Attached come four photos of Cucumis leiospermus photos from India, probably in Tamil Nadu, bur without precise location. They were given to me by a tourist and stupidly I forgot to ask the person for the precise location. Perhaps one of your collaborators can narrow down the location.
2 high res. images.




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