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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 8/1/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 8/1/2013)
Genus Sechium P. Br.
PlaceOfPublication Civ. Nat. Hist. Jam. 355. 1756.
Note TYpE: S. edule (Jacq.) Sw.
Synonym Chocho Adans., Fain. P1. 2: 500. 1763. TYFE: not dcsignated. Chayota Jacq., Sel. Stirp. Amer. tab. 245. 1780. TYPE: C. edllis jacq.
Description Monoecious, tendriled vines; stems 5- to 10-sulcate. Leaves petiolate, sim- ple, angulate or lobate; tendrils 5-branched. Staminate flowers white in axillary, long pedunculate, interrupted racemes; hypanthium hemispheric; calyx 5-lobed; corolla 5-lobed; stamens 3, filaments connate, short, the anthers spreading, 2 anthers bilocular, 1 anther unilocular. Pistillate flowers 1 or 2, axillary, the calyx and the corolla as in the staminate flowers, the ovary oblong, 1-carpellate, the ovule solitary, pendulous, the style short, the stigma capitate. Fruit green, ob- ovoid, indehiscent, sulcate, echinate or smooth; seed lenticular, large, the testa smooth.
Habit vines
Distribution Sechium is a monotypic Neotropical genus.
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