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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Telfairia (named after Charles Telfair, 1778-1833). Cucurbitaceae. Climbing shrubs, occasionally grown in the warmhouse, of economic value in the tropics. Lvs. digitately compound; lfts. 3-5, oblong, auriculate at the base on the outside; tendrils lateral and 2-cleft: fls. dioecious, medium or large, male pedicels bracteate, pale purple; male racemose, calyx turbinate, lobes lanceolate; corolla rotate, 5-parted, segms. obovate-cuneate, elongated, fimbriate-tendrilled; stamens 3; female solitary, calyx and corolla like male; stamens rudimentary or none; ovary oblong, 3-5-celled: fr. elongate, base swollen, many-seeded; seeds edible.—Two species, Trop. Afr.

T. occidentalis, Hook, f., is very similar to T. pedata, but the lfts. are all triple-nerved from near the base (those of T. pedata all at an angle of 45° from the midrib): fls. smaller. Upper Guinea. Said to be cult. for the seeds which the negroes boil and eat. CH

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