Herbs & Plants


Botanical Name: Abobra tenuifolia
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Order: Cucurbitales
Tribe: Cucurbiteae
Genus: Abobra
Species:A. tenuifolia

Common Names: Abobra or Cranberry Gourd

Habitat: Abobra is native to South America (Argentinia, Brasil, and Uruguay)

Abobra is a diecious, perennial climbing plant reaching up to 4 meters height. Sometimes it is cultivated as ornamental plants and also for its edible fruits. The flowers exude a strong fragrance and are of pale green color and blossom between July and August. The seeds ripen between September and October.The egg-shaped fruit is about 12mm long. The fruit is ovoid and has a diameter of 14 mm.


Requires a warm sunny position and a light soil. Although not hardy outdoors in most of Britain, the plant has a fleshy root about 30cm below the soil surface and this can be stored overwinter in a greenhouse or frame, replanting it in May. One report says that the root can be left in the ground in the very mildest parts of Britain. A climbing plant, supporting itself by means of tendrils. The greenish-white flowers are powerfully scented. Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed is required

Edible Uses: Fruits are edible. No more details.

Medicinal Uses: Not kown.

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