Lagenaria sphaerica (Sond.) Naudin

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Lagenaria sphaerica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Catapu, Sofala

Lagenaria sphaerica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Catapu, Sofala

Lagenaria sphaerica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Catapu, Sofala

Lagenaria sphaerica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from entrance gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Lagenaria mascarena Naud.
Luffa sphaerica Sond.
Sphaerosicyos sphaericus (Cogn.) Sond.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial climber with annual stems, up to 10 m long. Tendrils 2-fid. Leaves up to 19 × 22 cm, broadly ovate in outline, deeply 5-lobed, dark green above, paler and densely puberulous below; cordate at the base; margin with coarse sinuate teeth. Flowers unisexual on different plants, in racemes or solitary; white with green veins. Fruit almost round, smooth, up to 12 × 11 cm, dark green with smaller and larger pale patches.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In riverine forest and thickets
Altitude range: Up to 1700 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Somalia to the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Also in Madagascar and the Comoros.
Mozambique distribution: N,MS,GI,M
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 8 June 2009

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 88 - 89. (Includes a picture).

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 438 - 439. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 38.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 53.

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Flora of Botswana: Lagenaria sphaerica
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Lagenaria sphaerica
Flora of Malawi: Lagenaria sphaerica
Flora of Zambia: Lagenaria sphaerica
Flora of Zimbabwe: Lagenaria sphaerica

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lagenaria sphaerica
African Plant Database: Lagenaria sphaerica
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lagenaria sphaerica
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lagenaria sphaerica
JSTOR Plant Science: Lagenaria sphaerica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lagenaria sphaerica
Plants of the World Online: Lagenaria sphaerica
Tropicos: Lagenaria sphaerica
Wikipedia: Lagenaria sphaerica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Lagenaria sphaerica., retrieved 1 October 2023

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