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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Sicana (Peruvian name). Cucurbitaceae. Annual slender subglabrous tall-climbing vines, used out-of-doors in the S. for ornament: lvs. palmately 5-9-lobed, very glabrous and shiny; tendrils 3-5-cleft, the branches adhering at the tip: fls. rather large, yellow, monoecious, all solitary; calyx-tube short-campanulate, 5-lobed, the lobes ovate-lanceolate, recurved; corolla inflated-campanulate, 5-lobed above the middle, the lobes broad-ovate; stamens 3 in the male fl.: fr. large, fleshy, many-seeded, fragrant and edible.—Three species, Trop. Amer. Allied to Cucurbita, but differing in having wide-spreading or reflexed calyx-lobes and the anthers not united.

S. atropurpurea, Andre. Has shorter subpyriform, brilliant violet-purple frs., and purple-tinted under surfaces of the lvs. Perhaps a form of S. odorifera. Uruguay. R.H. 1894:108.—S. spherica. Hook. f. Fls. large and spreading, more like those of Cucurbita: lvs. reniform, 3-5-lobed: fr. globose, size of a small orange. Jamaica. B.M. 7109. CH

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