Coccinia quinqueloba (Thunb.) Cogn.

Ivy Gourd, Scarlet Gourd, Scarlet-fruited Gourd

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Genus: Coccinia

Category: Vine - Deciduous

Zones: 9 probably

Size: Vines to 12', caudex to 8".

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Vining plant that grows from a large tuber (caudex) which sits at ground level. Leaves with 5 lobes, deeply cut. Yellow flowers. Male and female plants.


Native to South Africa. Published in Monogr. Phan. (A.DC. & C.DC.) 3: 533 in 1881.

Basionym is Bryonia quinqueloba Thunb.


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