Cucumis umbellatus I.Telford
Telford, I.R.H., Sebastian, P., Bruhl, J.J. & Renner, S.S. (2011) Systematic Botany 36(2): 384. Type: Australia. Northern Territory: Darwin and Gulf: Kakadu National Park, Ubirr, Apr. 2009, Sebastian 14.
A slender trailing or climbing annual herb, most parts hispid; stems ribbed, to 3 m long x 2.6 mm diameter. Tendrils simple unbranched, +/- leaf-opposed, to 2 cm long.
Inflorescences unisexual. Male flowers: borne in umbels of 12-20 flowers; calyx tube (hypanthium) about 1.6-2.2 mm long, lobes linear 0.5-0.8 mm long; corolla lobes ovate, 2.6-4 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, rarely paired; peduncle 5-25 mm, greatly elongating in fruit; ovary subglobose ca. 0.8-1.2 mm diamter, hispid with retrorse hairs; base of the style surrounded by an annular disk.
Fruits subglobose, about 4-7 mm diameter, hairy with tuburcle-based hairs, ripening bright orange; peduncle 50-115 mm long; seeds about 1-3 per fruit, each seed 4.5-5 x 2.8-3.4 mm, faces convex, deeply pitted, margin narrow.
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