8591.000 Momordica L.

Description of the genus

Prostrate or climbing, monoecious or dioecious, herbs. Flowers white, cream, yellow or orange. Male flowers often with a prominent bract. Petals 5, free. Stamens 3, two 2-thecous, one 1-thecous or less often 2, one 3-thecous and the other 2-thecous. Female flowers solitary. Stigma 3-lobed. Fruit tuberculate, spiny, winged or ribbed, rarely smooth.

Worldwide: 45 species in the Old World tropics

Botswana: 5 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
balsamina L.Description, Image
boivinii Baill.Description, Image
cardiospermoides KlotzschDescription, Image
kirkii (Hook. f.) C. JeffreyNDescription, Image
repens Bremek.

Other sources of information about Momordica:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Momordica
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Momordica
Flora of Malawi: Momordica
Flora of Mozambique: Momordica
Flora of Zambia: Momordica
Flora of Zimbabwe: Momordica

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Momordica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Momordica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Momordica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Momordica
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Momordica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Momordica
JSTOR Plant Science: Momordica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Momordica
Plants of the World Online: Momordica
Tropicos: Momordica
Wikipedia: Momordica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Momordica.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1440, retrieved 29 May 2024

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