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Common name:Lollipop climber
Scientific name:Diplocyclos palmatus (Cucurbitaceae)
Alternative common names:
Striped cucumber, Marble Vine (English)
A perennial, climber with thin stems growing up to 6m high. White or greenish-yellow flowers from March to April. Commonly known as the Lollipop climber, bearing green fruits with white blotched stripes, later turning red-orange colour- resembles a lollipop, hence the common name. Originally from Australia.
Where does this species come from?Australia
What is its invasive status in South Africa?NEMBA – Category 1a
Where in South Africa is it a problem?It has been recorded in KwaZulu Natal in Pinetown (Kloof Memorial Park and Edgecliff Nature Reserve) and Pietermaritzburg
How does it spread?Lollipop climber spreads by fruits and seeds
Why is it a problem?Lollipop climber forms extremely dense infestations
What does it look like?General description: Lollipop climber a perennial, grows up to 6 metres high, with hairless stem, becoming thickened and white dotted on the ridges when older. Leaves: Alternate, palmate, hairy, bright green leaves on the upper surface, while underneath the leaves it is pale and smooth. Flowers: Small and yellow flowers, produced in March/April. Fruit/Seeds: Initially green with white blotched stripes, later turning a bright red-orange colour- this resembles a lollipop, hence the common name.
Does the plant have any uses?In India lollipop climber is used for its medicinal properties in the treatment of rheumatic pain, cough, flatulence, and other various skin diseases