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  Cucumis ritchiei
  Citation:  Cucumis ritchiei (C.B.Clarke) Ghebret. & Thulin, Novon 17: 178. 2007. Dicoelospermum ritchiei Clarke in Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 630. 1879 (Dicaelospermum); Chakrav., Fasc. Fl. Ind. 11: 47. 1982; Antony, Syst. Stud. Fl. Kottayam Dist. 177. 1989; Antony, Journ. Econ. Tax. Bot. 15: 739. 1991.
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  Description: Prostrate or climbing, hirsute herbs. Leaves alternate, 2-4 x 2-4 cm, simple, ovate or orbicular, dentate, hispid, cordate at base, faintly lobed, lobes 3-5, obtuse at lobe ends; petioles 2-5 cm long;Ttndrils slender. Male flowers clustered on 2-5 mm long; pedicels 0.5-1.5 cm long peduncles. Calyx tube 3 x 2 mm, hispid outside, green. Corolla up to 6 mm long, yellow, pubescent outside, lobes spreading. Stamens 3, 2 with two-loculed anther and 1 with one loculed anther, included, arising from the base of the corolla; pistillodes trilobed, up to 1 mm long. Female flowers solitary; pedicels up to 3 cm long. Calyx tube 3-4 x 2-3 mm, hispid outside; lobes 5, 2-3 mm long, linear green. Corolla up to 1 x 0.5 cm, yellow, hispid outside, lobes spreading. Staminodes 0. Ovary up to 1 x 0.3 cm, linear-ellipsoid, pubescent; style 1 mm long, arising from a copular disk, stigma 1 x 1 mm, flattened, trilobed at apex. Berries 1-1.5 x 0.2-0.3 cm, linear-ellipsoid, 3 chambered hispid; seeds 3-4 x 2-2.5 mm, broadly ovoid.
  Habit: Climber
  Flowering & Fruiting: June-December
  District(s): Kottayam
  Habitat: Along hedges and bushes
  Distribution: Peninsular India
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Yellow
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Peninsular India
  IUCN status:
  Localities: Kurisumala
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