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Cyclanthera dissecta (Torr. & Gray) Arn.


Family: Cucurbitaceae

Description: Annual; stems glabrous, climbing with simple or branched tendrils; leaves bright green, usually 3-7 foliate; staminate flowers in peduncled clusters; flowering in September and October.

Distribution: In New Mexico this species has been recorded in Hidalgo County. However, it is very wide spread in the southwestern and southcentral U.S. from Kansas to Louisiana and Texas; southern Arizona and into Northern Mexico.

Habitat: Streams, often in rocky areas; 4,000-5,000 feet.

Discussion: This is another peripheral species in the state, but abundant and widespread in much of the south U.S. and Mexico. Not a rare species.

Important Literature:

Hooker. 1841. Jour. Bot. 3:280.

Information Compiled By: Mike Eisenfeld, 1998


Photo credits in header Peniocereus greggii var. greggii © T. Todsen,
Lepidospartum burgessii © M. Howard, Argemone pleiacantha ssp. pinnatisecta © R. Sivinski
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