Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Five-lobe Cucumber
Cayaponia quinqueloba
Family: Cucurbitaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: S1?

Alluvial bottomlands along bayous and wet depressions; swamp forests and river banks (Weakley, 2011).

Species Description:
Perennial vine.

Flowering Period: Early June to November.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Leaves of this twining herb are 3-5 lobed and > 10 cm wide and the tendrils are branched. The staminate flowers are solitary, the ovary and fruit are glabrous, the corolla is 1 cm or less long and broad, and the fruit is up to 2.5 cm , red, nearly sessile.

Avoid changes in moisture/hydrologic conditions at the site. Changes could result from overstory removal, stream/wetland alteration or impacts due to erosion.

Global Range:
Southeastern United States, south and east of Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Data last updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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