|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
ABOBRA (Brazilian name). Cucurbitaceae. A monotypic genus allied to Cucurbita. The only species is a greenhouse climber, cult, for its numerous small, showy frs.: grows rapidly, and may be planted out in summer. The tuberous roots are stored like dahlias.
Flowers dioecious green, all axillary and solitary; staminate fls. with a tubular, cup-shaped calyx and a rotate 5-parted corolla, having oblong-lanceolate segms.; stamens 3, free, the anthers thick, and l-celled, or sometimes 2-celled; pistillate fls. with a 3-4-celled ovary followed by an ovoid, indehiscent, 6-seeded, showy fr.
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Prop, by seeds or rarely by soft cuttings.CH
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- A. tenuifolia (A. viridiflora). Height 10-15 ft.: lvs. much divided: fls. small, pale green, fragrant : fr. a scarlet gourd.CH