Neoachmandra cunninghamii—Slender Cucumber—CUCURBITACEAE

Neoachmandra cunninghamii

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Habitat— In Sub–tropical, Warm–temperate, Dry and Swamp Rainforest.

Distribution— North from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description— Slender climber with twining stems, hairless to scabrous. .

Local occurrences

Wallamba Cove Tuncurry

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, toothed, shallowly 3–lobed, triangular to ovate, 2.5 to 9 cm long, thin, scabrous; petiole 2 to 6 cm long. Tendrils beside the leaf axils, unbranched, mostly with a thickened basal portion, spiralling in upper half. Stipules absent.

Neoachmandra cunninghamii
Neoachmandra cunninghamii

Inflorescence.— Unisexual, (plants monoecious), 2 to 4 mm diam., white; male flowers in axillary clusters or racemes, sessile or on slender peduncles; female flowers solitary or in 2 or 3–flowered clusters in axils of leaves, on pedicels 1 to 4 cm long.

Flowering.—Spring

Fruit.— a berry, globose, 0.6 to 1.2 cm diam., green turning yellow, solitary or 2 or 3 clustered in axils of leaves, on pedicels 1 to 4 cm long; seeds 4 to 5 mm long, fawn-coloured, flattened.

Ripe.—Summer

Neoachmandra cunninghamii