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Pakistan | Family List | Cucurbitaceae | Kedrostis

Kedrostis foetidissima (Jacq.) Cogn. in A. & C. DC., Monogr. Phan. 3:634. 1881. C. Jeffrey in Milne-Redhead and Polhill, Fl. Trop. E. Africa(Cucurbitaceae) 137. 1967; R.R. Stewart in Nasir & Ali, Ann. Cat. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 705. 1972; C. Jeffrey in Kew Bull. 34:801. 1980.


  • Bryonia rostrata Roettl.
  • Kedrostis rostrata (Roettl.) Cogn.
  • Melothria foetidissima (Jacq.) G. Roberty
  • Rhynchocarpa foetida Clarke
  • Trichosanthes foetidissima Jacq.

    Stem scandent, not spreading. Leaves petioled, shortly pubescent or scabrulous, ovate, 2-4 cm long and as broad; base deeply emarginate, apex acute, margin entire, undulate or denticulate, tendril filiform. Male inflorescence usually 2-flowered, 0.5-1.5 cm long. Calyx tube hemispherical, shortly and sparsely villous, c. 2 mm long, teeth narrowly triangular. Petals yellow, oblong lanceolate, acute, c. 4 mm long. Female inflorescence 1-7 mm long. Fruit deep red, ovoid, sessile, or subsessile 10-25 x 8-12 mm, 1-5 seeded.

    Type: A plant sent from West Africa cultivated in Vienna.

    Distribution: India, Bangla Desh, Burma, Pakistan (Sind) and Tropical E. Africa.

    Reported from Ghulamullah in Sind (Blatter, Sabnis and McCann, Fl. Indus Delta 14. 1929). It seems to be a rare species.


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