1.2- Genus Abobra + Overview Abobrais a monotypic genus of thegourd family containing the one speciesAbobra tenuifolia . It is native toSouth America, and sometimes cultivated asornamental plantsand also for its edible fruits. Common names includeCranberry Gourd. + Species There is only one species in this genus: Abobra tenuifolia The species Abobra tenuifolia is also called cranberry gourd, a South American tuberous-rooted herbaceous vine with 5-lobed or much divided leaves and small greenish fragrant flowers.
2- Species of the Genus Abobra
There is only one species in this genus: Abobra tenuifolia 2.1- Species Abobra tenuifolia -Cranberry gourd + Overview Abobra tenuifolia is a pecies in the Genus Abobraof the Family Cucurbitaceae. The species Abobra tenuifolia is also called cranberry gourd, a South American tuberous-rooted herbaceous vine with 5-lobed or much divided leaves and small greenish fragrant flowers. It is native to South America, and sometimes cultivated as ornamental plants and also for its edible fruits. It is a rapid growing and beautiful climbing plant belonging to the natural order Cucurbitaceae. It is a half-hardy perennial gourd-like plant, with tuberous roots, and attains a height of from twelve to fifteen feet. It has very delicate, dark green leaves, which are very finely cut, and small inconspicuous flowers, produced in profusion. The flowers are soon succeeded by small, bright scarlet, glossy, oval fruit, to which the plant is indebted for its beauty, and which forms a striking contrast with the dark green leaves. As the fruit is very freely produced, this alone renders it a very ornamental and desirable summer climber. The abobra is a plant easily cultivated, doing best in a well enriched deep soil, in a sunny situation, and as the root is of a tuberous character, it can be taken up on the approach of cold weather, and 'preserved during the winter in a manner similar to dahlias. It should be set out again towards the end of April. + Synonyms Abobraviridiflora Naudin. Bryoniatenuifolia
Gillies ex Hook. & Arn.