Zehneria alba is a species of flowering plant in the cucumber and gourd family Cucurbitaceae. It is endemic to Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the north-eastern Indian Ocean. The specific epithet is from the Latin albus (white), referring to the colour of the flowers.
Zehneria alba is a dioecious vine with stems growing to 3 m in length. The leaves are broadly ovate, cordate at the base, unlobed to shallowly 3-lobed, dentate, acute to acuminate, and 50–80 mm long. The flowers are small and white; the male inflorescence is paniculate or racemose, 30–150 mm long, with a 10–130 mm long peduncle; the female flowers are solitary or clustered. The fruit is ellipsoidal, 20–30 mm long, with seeds about 4 mm long.
Distribution and habitat
The vine is sometimes considered to be conspecific with Zehneria mucronata Blume.
- Ridley (1906).
- Flora of Australia Online.
- Ridley, H.N. (1906). Journal of the Straits Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 45: 195.
- "Zehneria alba". Flora of Australia Online. Australian Biological Resources Study. 1993. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
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