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Cephalopentandra[edit | edit source]

Cephalopentandra is a genus of flowering plants in the family Cucurbitaceae. It is native to Africa, particularly in the arid regions of northeastern Africa. The most well-known species within this genus is Cephalopentandra ecirrhosa, commonly known as the 'Cucumber tree'.

Description[edit | edit source]

Cephalopentandra ecirrhosa is a perennial plant that grows as a shrub or small tree. It has a distinctive swollen trunk, which is used to store water in its arid habitat. The leaves are lobed and have a rough texture. The flowers are yellow and have a bell-like shape. The fruit is a large, round, green cucumber-like structure.

Distribution and Habitat[edit | edit source]

Cephalopentandra is found in the arid regions of northeastern Africa, including Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia. It grows in sandy soils and is adapted to survive in areas with low rainfall.

Uses[edit | edit source]

The fruit of Cephalopentandra ecirrhosa is edible and is often used in traditional African medicine. It is believed to have medicinal properties and is used to treat a variety of ailments, including stomach problems and skin conditions.

Cultivation[edit | edit source]

Cephalopentandra ecirrhosa is not commonly cultivated, but it can be grown from seeds. It requires a well-drained soil and a sunny position. It is drought-tolerant and can survive in areas with low rainfall.

Conservation Status[edit | edit source]

The conservation status of Cephalopentandra is not well-documented, but it is likely that habitat loss and over-harvesting for medicinal use are threats to this genus.

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