300 (500)cm, perennial climbing species with annual stems covered with deeply 5-palmately lobed, dull green leaves and small, pale to dark yellow flowers with green veins. Most beautiful, long-lasting, elongated ellipsoid creamy green fruits with large cream spines and stripes. Native of woodlands from Angola to Ruanda and Zimbabwe to Namibia, and Botswana, as well as South Africa. For any rich soil in a sunny spot at a minimum of some 20°C. VII-IX.