Cucumis silentvalleyi (Manilal, T.Sabu & P.Mathew) Ghebret. & Thulin, Novon 17: 178 2007. (syn: Cucumella silentvalleyi Manilal, T.Sabu & P.Mathew);
Creepers, stems scabrid. Leaves to 4.5 x 5.5 cm, obtusely 5-angular, cordate at base crenate, scabrid; petiole 6 cm long. Flowers monoecious, axillary, solitary, pedicellate; calyx tube tubular; lobes ovate, acute; petals 5, 10 x 6 mm, obovate, obtuse, yellow. Stamens 3, free, erect, connective produced into a hood; anthers flexuous, hispid; ovary fusiform, hispid. Fruit 1.5 x 0.8 cm, ellipsoid, hispid; seeds 3.5 x 2 mm, obovate, compressed, smooth.
Flowering and fruiting: July-December
Moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests
Southern Western Ghats (Kerala) (endemic)
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)
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Attached come a couple photos of:
Cucumis silentvalleyi (Manilal, T. Sabu & P.J. Mathew) Ghebret. & Thulin
location: Kozhippara Road, near Upper Kakkadampoyil, Kerala, India
coordinates: N 11° 21.249 E 76° 06.483
habitat: 548 m a. s. l. , on the wet bedrock near the waterfall, in sparse grasses
notes: very tiny climbing trail, male flowers bright yellow up to 1.2 cm in diameter, fruits green, slightly striped, pubescent, fusiform, up to 2 cm long, and 1 cm in diameter
date: 14th Nov. 2010