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Cucumis queenslandicus I.Telford

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Slender Vine
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Flower. © K.R. McDonald
Leaves and flowers. © B.S. Wannan
Fruit. © B.S. Wannan
Habit, leaves, flowers and fruit. © B.S. Wannan

Telford, I.R.H., Sebastian, P., Bruhl, J.J. & Renner, S.S. (2011) Systematic Botany 36(2): 382, Type: Australia. Queensland: Cook District: 5 km SE of Chillagoe, beside Burke Development Road, 18 Apr. 2006, Wannan & Beasley 4266.


A slender trailing or climbing perennial herb, most parts hispid; stems ribbed, to 70 cm long. Tendrils simple unbranched, +/- leaf-opposed, to 6 cm long.


Leaf blades triangular to broadly ovate in outline, shollowly to deeply 3-5-lobed, cordate, about 0.9-4.4 x 1-4.2 cm, petioles 1.4-4 cm long. Both the upper and lower leaf blade surfaces clothed in hairs.


Inflorescences unisexual. Male flowers: borne in fascicles or racemes of 2-5 flowers; calyx tube (hypanthium) about 2.8-4.2 mm long, lobes linear 0.8-1.3 mm long; corolla lobes obovate, 3.4-4.2 mm long; stamens 3, two stamens with 2-locular anthers and one stamen with a unilocular anther; stamens inserted about middle of hypanthium tube. Female flowers: solitary; peduncle 5-18 mm, scarcely elongating in fruit; staminodes absent; ovary ca. 5.5 mm long, densely hispid with retrorse hairs; base of the style surrounded by an annular disk.


Fruits ovoid and tapering at each end, about 15-23 mm long, slightly 10-ribbed, hairy; pedicels hairy, about 7-16 mm long; seeds about 10-20 per fruit, each seed 4.5-5 x 3.8-4.2 mm, faces convex, pitted, margin narrow.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in NEQ, known from near Chillagoe to Undara and south to the Copperfield River. Grows in eucalypt woodland and deciduous vine thickets on granite hills.

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