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   7. Schizopepon bicirrhosus  (C. B. Clarke) C. Jeffrey Kew Bull. 34: 802. 1980.
新裂瓜   xin lie gua

Melothria bicirrhosa C. B. Clarke in J. D. Hooker, Fl. Brit. India 2: 627. 1879; Schizopepon wardii Chakravarty.


Branches ± slender, sulcate-angular, glabrous. Tendrils usually 2-fid, glabrous. Petiole slender, 2-4 cm, glabrous or puberulent; leaf blade 3-10 × 2-7 cm, membranous, both surfaces slightly pubescent, margin undulate or 1- or 2-angled on each side, irregularly dentate, apex caudate-acuminate; sinus semicircular. Plants dioecious. Male flowers 7-16 in a raceme; peduncle 3-7 cm; pedicels slender, 3-10 mm; calyx tube campanulate, 4-5 mm; segments subulate, ca. 2 mm, glandular pubescent; corolla segments lanceolate, ca. 2.5 mm; stamens connate, inserted on base of corolla tube; filaments ca. 1 mm, glabrous; anthers puberulent; anther cells erect, ca. 1.5 mm; connective produced; appendage ca. 1.5 mm. Female flowers solitary; pedicels slender, 2-4 cm; calyx segments subulate, ca. 3 mm; corolla segments lanceolate, 5-6 mm, 3-veined; ovary conical, ca. 8 × 3 mm, pubescent, base obtuse-rounded, apex attenuate; ovules 3, solitary in each locule, pendulous; styles ca. 2 mm, 3-fid, apex expanded. Fruiting pedicel slender, 8-10 cm, glabrous; fruit narrowly conical, ca. 3 cm × 6 mm, white pubescent, apex attenuate, rostrate.

Thickets; 2700-2800 m. S Xizang [Bhutan, N India, Myanmar].