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);

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

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.

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