Zehneria is a genus of flowering plants – of vines in the cucumber and gourd family, Cucurbitaceae. It contains about 35 species ranging from Africa, through Southeast Asia to Australia and Oceania. The name honours botanical artist Joseph Zehner.[2]

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Plate of Zehneria indica in Francisco Manuel Blanco’s Flora de Filipinas, 1880-1883
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Subfamily: Cucurbitoideae
Tribe: Benincaseae
Genus: Zehneria

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Leaves and flowers of Zehneria japonica


Zehneria species are either monoecious or dioecious, annual or perennial, climbing vines. Their leaves are simple, dentate and usually palmately lobed. Inflorescences grow on axillary racemes, with the flowers normally clustered, occasionally solitary. The fruit is fleshy, usually globose or ellipsoidal, and indehiscent. The seeds are obovate, compressed and smooth.[2]

Selected speciesEdit




  1. ^ Endlicher (1833).
  2. ^ a b Flora of Australia Online.


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  • "Zehneria". Flora of Australia Online. Australian Biological Resources Study. 1993. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  • "Sorting Zehneria names". Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database. University of Melbourne. 2006-02-19. Retrieved 2010-11-20.