Oman Botanic Garden
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CUCURBITACEAE

Corallocarpus epigaeus

Monoecious. Scandent woody herb up to 4m. Stems glabrous, with a papery bark; tendrils simple. Leaves: Ovate to reniform, deeply 3-5-lobed, lobes 3-lobulate, hispid, cordate at base, margins dentate-sinuate. Flowers: Male flowers several in pedunculate clusters; female flowers solitary in the axils of leaves; sepals plus or minus 1mm; petals plus or minus 3mm, greenish-yellow to pale yellow. Fruit: 5-6mm, glabrous, ovoid, with a slender apical beak, green with dark to pale green spots, becoming red when ripe except for the green cup at the base. Flowering period: September; March to April. Habitat: This plant grows on dry, rocky hill slopes and dry wadi beds. Found in Northern Oman and Dhofar. Altitude: 100-800m. Uses: Grazed by goats.

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