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Cyclanthera brachystachya - (Ser.)Cogn.
                 
Common Name Cuchinito
Family Cucurbitaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Shrublands in the Andes at elevations of 1500 - 3500 metres.
Range C. and S. America - Mexico to Colombia and Ecuador.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade

Summary

Cyclanthera brachystachya Cuchinito


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Cyclanthera brachystachya Cuchinito
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Physical Characteristics
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Cyclanthera brachystachya is a ANNUAL growing to 3 m (9ft 10in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. It is in flower from Aug to September. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
C. explodens. Naudin.

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[196]. The fruit is up to 4cm long[200].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Requires a warm sunny and sheltered position in a rich well-drained soil. Plants are not very cold hardy in Britain and so are normally grown in a greenhouse. However, if they are started in a greenhouse in the spring and grown on well it is possible to get reasonable yields in most years outdoors in this country. Plants have been seen outdoors in an open sunny position at Kew on several occasions with ripe fruit[K]. Plants tolerate more cold than many cucurbits[196].
Propagation
Seed - sow mid spring in a rich compost in a warm greenhouse. Put 2 or 3 seeds in a pot and thin the seedlings to the strongest plant. Plant out after the last expected frost and give the plants some protection such as a cloche until they are growing away well.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Cyclanthera pedataAchocha, Caihua, Caygua, Cayua, Korila, Wild Cucumber34
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