Coccinia abyssinica

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Male flower of Coccinia abyssinica


Taxonavigation: Cucurbitales 
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Cucurbitales

Familia: Cucurbitaceae
Tribus: Benincaseae
Genus: Coccinia
Species: Coccinia abyssinica


Coccinia abyssinica (Lam.) Cogn., in A.DC. & C.DC., Monogr. Phan. 3: 536 (1881).

Basionym: Bryonia abyssinica Lam., Encycl. 1(2): 497 (1785).

Type locality: From cultivation from seeds sent by Bruce (Jeffrey 1962) from Ethiopia, cultivated in Paris Royal Botanical Garden.

Holotype: P00307815. Anon. in herb. J.-B. Lamarck s.n.


Bryonia macrophylla Ser. in DC., Prodr. 3: 308 (1828).

Type locality: without location [probably Ethiopia].

Holotype: G-DC male and female, fl, 1815, Anon. in coll. [E.]Thibaud s.n.

Cucumis striatus A.Rich., Tent. Fl. Abyss. 1: 295 (1847).

Type locality: Ethiopia, [Tigray], Mt Sholada near Adwa.

Lectotype: P: R. Quartin-Dillon s.n. (designated by Holstein 2015: 56).

Cucurbita exanthematica Fenzl ex A.Rich., Tent. Fl. Abyss. 1: 296 (1847).

Type locality: Ethiopia, without detailed location.

Lectotype: W: female, G.H.W. Schimper 1418 (designated by Holstein 2015: 56).

Cephalandra diversifolia (Naudin ex C.Huber) Naudin, Ann. Sci. Nat. Bot. ser. 5, 5: 19 (1866).

Basionym: Coccinia diversifolia Naudin ex C.Huber, Cat. Print. 1864: 6 (1864).

Type locality: Cultivated from seeds sent by Schimper from Ethiopia, cultivated in Paris Botanical Garden and Huber’s Garden in Olbia [Hyères, France].

Lectotype: P: C.V. Naudin s.n. (designated by Jeffrey 1962: 347).

Coccinia diversifolia var. glabrescens Cogn. in A.DC. & C.DC., Monogr. Phan. 3: 537 (1881).

Type locality: Ethiopia, Chaqou-Choada, 2000 m, in thicket.

Lectotype: P: male, 21 Jul 1852, G.H.W. Schimper 250 (designated by Holstein 2015: 57).


  • Candolle, A.L.P.P. de & Candolle, A.C.P. de 1881. Monographiae Phanerogamarum. 3. G.Masson, Paris.
  • Candolle, A.P. de 1828. Prodromus systematis naturalis regni vegetabilis 3. Treuttel & Würtz, Paris.
  • Holstein, N. 2015. Monograph of Coccinia (Cucurbitaceae). in: PhytoKeys 54: 1–166. Full text: [1]
  • Huber, C. 1864. Catalogue pour le printemps 1864. Ch. Huber Frères, Hyères, France.
  • Jeffrey, C. 1962. Notes on Cucurbitaceae, including a proposed new classification of the family. in: Kew Bulletin 15: 337–371. Full text: [2]
  • Naudin, C.V. 1866. Cucurbitacées nouvelles. in: Annales des Sciences Naturelles Botanique 5: 5–43.
  • Richard, A. 1847. Tentamen florae abyssinica A. Bertrand, Paris. Full text: [3]