Xerosicyos pubescens


Xerosicyos pubescens was thought to be extinct until 1990, has been recently found from five localities in an area of some 400 km2 in south-east Madagascar to the west of Taloagnaro (Ekodida forest at Amboasary Sud).

It is a dioecious perennial, caudiciform plant in the gourd family or Cucurbitaceae, forming a large caudex from which creeper deciduous vines characterized by tendrils emerge. The leaves are lobed, finely hairy, and semi-succulent and die back in the dry season and during prolonged periods of drought. Cultivated specimens are rare and sought after.

Plants ship bare root, pot/soil not included