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botanical name:
Cyclanthera brachystachya
Cyclanthera brachystachya © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Cuchinito
synonyms:  Cyclanthera explodens
family:  Cucurbitaceae
characteristics: annual/biennial
height: 3.00m
width: 1.00m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: climber
leaf colour: green
flower colour: yellow
fruit colour: green
stem/bark: green
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: 0°C
USDA zone: 10 to 11
description:
Tender annual climber. Triangular, slightly lobed leaves. Small greenish yellow flowers are followed by spiky green fruits up to 4cm long, which burst open to release the seeds, throwing them some distance away.

cultivation:
Fertile well drained soil in a warm sunny position.

propagation:
From seed.

usage:
The fruits are edible raw or cooked.

other notes:
Native to Central and tropical South America

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