Lobed-Leaf Zehneria
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Lobed-Leaf Zehneria
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Lobed-Leaf Zehneria • Hindi: मुसमुसा Musmusa • Manipuri: ꯂꯝ ꯊꯕꯤ Lam Thabi • Marathi: चिरटी Chirati • Telugu: కూతురుబుడమ Kuturu-budama • Urdu: مسمسا Musmusa
Botanical name: Zehneria scabra    Family: Cucurbitaceae (Pumpkin family)
Synonyms: Bryonia cordata, Zehneria cordata, Zehneria suavis

Lobed-Leaf Zehneria is a hairless climber up to 6 m long. Leaves are up to 7 x 7 cm, triangular, heart-shaped at base, 3-lobed or entire, glandular toothed; leaf-stalk up to 3 cm long. Flowers are borne in 3-5 flowered umbels, carried on flower-cluster-stalk 1.5 cm long. Female flowers are 5 mm across; sepal-cup tube 2 mm long, bell-shaped; petals 2.5 x 2 mm, obovate; stigma 3-lobed. Male flowers are larger, 8 mm across; petals ovate, pointed; anthers 1 mm long, connective velvet-hairy. Berries are 7 mm across, borne 3-5 together, spherical; seeds 5 x 4 mm, obovate, biconvex, smooth. Lobed-Leaf Zehneria is found in Tropical & Subtropical Africa and India, including East Himalaya. Flowering: February-June.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu.

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