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Cephalopentandra ecirrhosa
Scientific Name: Cephalopentandra ecirrhosa (Cogn.) C.Jeffrey
Synonym: Coccinia ecirrhosa
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Cephalopentandra  ecirrhosa Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10b-11

Frost Tolerance: Keep warm in winter, the minimum safe average temperature is in the high 50s (15C), although it can go lower for short periods.

Sun Exposure: Light shade the leaves. Keep the caudex in the shade.

Origin: Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia

Growth Habits: Deciduous, caudiciform vine, conical caudex up to 24 inches in diameter (60 cm) or more

Watering Needs: Regular water and fertilizer when the plant is in leaf.


The species epithet "ecirrhosa" means "without tendrils". The Cephalopentandra is a popular caudiciform. It grows relatively easily and doesn't produce as many stems and leaves as other cucurbits, making its management easier.
The Cephalopentandra goes dormant when the temperature is too high or too low for its taste.

Cephalopentandra  ecirrhosa

Cephalopentandra  ecirrhosa

Blooming Habits:
There are male and female plants, It has been reported that some plants change sex, so don't be totally desperate if all your plants are of the same sex. As a regular cucurbit, female flowers are recognizable by the base of the flower looking like a miniature fruit, while the male flowers have a regular stem. Pale yellow flowers to 1.5 inches in diameter (4 cm) followed by orange fruit on female plants.

Fruiting Habits:

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