Ctenolepis cerasiformis (Stocks) Hook. fil., Fl. Trop. Afr. 2: 558 1871. (syn: Blastania cerasiformis (Stocks) Meeuse; Blastania fimbristipula Ky. & Peyr.; Bryonia fimbristipula Fenzl ex Hook. fil.; Ctenolepis cerasiformis (Stocks) Naudin; Ctenopsis cerasiformis Naud.; Melothria fimbristipula (Kotschy & Peyr.) Roberty; Pilogyne cerasiformis Stocks ex Aitch.; Zehneria cerasiformis Stocks);
Distribution: Global: Old World tropics. In India: Gujarat as per Renner SS, Pandey AK (2013) The Cucurbitaceae of India: Accepted names, synonyms, geographic distribution, and information on images and DNA sequences PhytoKeys 20: 53–118;
Saudi Arabia (Asir), Yemen (Tihama, W-Yemen), Pakistan (Karachi, Sind), South Africa (Limpopo), Namibia, Botswana, Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, S-Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Cameroon, Benin, Angola, USA (I) (Maryland (I)) as per Catalogue of Life;

Blastania cerasiformis : 10 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (14)

Not represented in EFI as yet.
An annual, monsoon vine.
Palmately lobed rough leaves, really tiny flowers, it seems many male and a single female flower are borne on a short peduncle emerging out of leaf axil. Fruit is sperical, about 1.5 cm diameter, mottled green, red on ripening. Contains two round seeds having a concave and a convex surface. Most Eye-catching feature is stipule /bract about 1.5 to 3 cm diameter, orbicular to ovate with long frilly margin giving appearance of Eyelid ….fruit usually nestled in bract!
Month of October. Surat, Gujarat. Wherever is wild vegetation in Surat, it is there, usually riding on nearby bushes, walls, poles!
(Ripe fruit I shall upload later).

Thanks, … How is it different from another species Ctenolepis garcinii, widely distributed in India ? 

In spherical fruit, … In B. garcinii fruit is rather egg shaped (described as sub-reniform).

Blastania garcinii, Blastania cerasiformis and Dactyliandra welwitschii…all three occur in Gujarat… ,
B. cerasiformis in South Gujarat, B. garcinii and D. welwitschii in Kutchh … all three have large oval fimbriate bract looking like eyelids, that is why common vernacular name is “Ankhphutamani“. Shapes of fruits and seeds are important parameters for diagnosis of species.
2 images:
Fruits in stages of ripening.
Fruits are spherical, less than 1.5 cm in diameter



Need id for this blastania sp. : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (10)
Reposting again for ID for creeper
Images taken between 6 October 19 to 7 November 19
Agra, U.P.

Thanks, …, for the wonderful images.
This should be Ctenolepis cerasiformis (Stocks) Hook. fil. as per comparative images at Ctenolepis

Yes, … is right


Identify the cucurbitaceae member?: 2 high res. images.
Habitat – Growing outer road side in agriculture field

Habit- Climber
Leaves- Alternate, palmately lobed rough
Flower- Flowers are tiny, many male flowers & a single female flower borne on a short peduncle emerging out of leaf axil.
Date- 4/11/2021
Loc- Samadpuriya, TH. Keshorai patan, Bundi, Rajasthan Pin- 323602

Diplocyclos palmatus

Seems different from Diplocyclos palmatus ma’am

The description of flowers is typical of Diplocyclos, although these fruit have an unusual mottled appearance.

Me too confused. Could not decide!

Can you post flowering images as described by you in your post, to further examine?
That seems to be the only option with these images.

I think it is Ctenolepis cerasiformis (Stocks) Hook. fil., as per images and details herein.


Plant ID assistance SD163: 2 images- 1 high res.
Is this a Blastania? If yes, which one is it? Clicked on 18 Sept 2021 in Neemrana (Rajasthan)

Blastania cerasiformis (Stocks) A.Meeuse



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