Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Monoecious herbs, trailing or climbing, bristly or pubescent with glandular hairs. Leaves simple, shallowly to deeply palmatifid; tendrils 2–5-branched. Male flowers in simple or branched racemes or head-like clusters. Female flowers in heads or solitary (not in Victoria). Calyx 5-lobed; corolla deeply 5-lobed; hypanthium broadly bell-shaped; stamens 2–5, inserted at base of hypanthium, filaments united to form a column, anthers fused into a head, rarely free, locules flexuose; disc absent. Female flowers without staminodes; ovary ovoid, ovule solitary. Fruit ovoid, dry, bristly; seed solitary, ovate, compressed.

About 50 species, from North and South America, Hawaii, New Zealand, eastern Australia and the south-west Pacific; 1 species in Australia.

Source: Jobson, P.C. (1996). Cucurbitaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Cucurbitales
family Cucurbitaceae
Higher taxa
genus Sicyos
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