M Ibervillea sonorae (S. Watson) Greene is an accepted name. This name is the accepted name of a species in the genus Ibervillea (family Cucurbitaceae). Ibervillea sonorae (Cucurbitaceae) induces the glucose uptake in human mechanism of an Ibervillea sonorae aqueous extract (ISE). Maximowiczia sonorae S. Wats Ibervillea sonorae var. peninsularis (I.M. Johnston) I.L. Wigg. [editar datos en Wikidata]. Ibervillea sonorae es una especie de.

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If the rain arrives, it grows flowers and fruits. Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Ibervillea sonorae group. Watson Greene Maximowiczia sonorae S. While in many years, when no rain arrives, the ephemeral sonroae are absent patiently waiting for the next thirst-quequing rain. Herbaceous, slender, flexible, liana-like up to 3 metres or more long. Geophyte twining vine, the vine part is mostly annual and deciduous. It will start growing again in Spring.

Globose plum-sized berries, cm in diameter, green, white-striped, becoming reddish when ripe, smooth, several-seeded. Ibervillea sonorae Photo by: Watering can recommence once the plant has shown signs of producing a fresh shoot. It is limited to the sonoran zone on both sides of the Gulf of California. When it drops its leaves protect from frost and stop watering.

MABA – Ibervillea sonorae

In that case, paying attention to the plant and not the calendar is a good idea. However warmth throughout the year will increase the grower’s success at temperatures from 5 to 10 degrees centigrade during rest season. Ibervillea sonorae is a spectacular perennial desert plant relative of the cucumber with climbing vine and a large caudex, it produces yellow flowers in summer and little bright miniature red-orange melons in autumn.


It is very drought tolerant, water deeply but infrequently in summer. Petiole spreading, mm long villous. Fertilize them only once during this period. Male flowers staminate about 15 mm long, yellow, glabrous in racemes, tubular, to 8 mm long, hypanthium narrowly cylindric.

It is hardy sonorrae -7 degrees Celsius if kept dry. Ibervillea at the large end. This Ibervillea is dioecious, there are male and female plants, and both are needed to get viable seeds. Echinomastus unguispinusCoryphantha validaEchinocactus horizonthaloniusEchinocactus ingensGlandulicactus uncinatusIbeevillea pectinatus, Echinocereus stramineusSojorae klinkerianusMammillaria candidaMammillaria elongata, Mammillaria parkinsoniiLophophora diffusaEchinomastus unguispinusFerocactus echidneStenocereus thurberiOpuntia tapona ibevillea, and Opuntia cholla.

Plants even five to ten years old are extremely nice. Keep the root in the shade, light shade to full sun for the vine. The seedlings’ caudex forms below ground and will grow much faster if left underground for some years.

In the dry season if you see this plant in the desert, you see only a dried chunk of loose wood often resembling a large cow dropping or weathered rock. The vines grow up through the plant under which they grow. Fruits mature during several successive seasons of severest drought. The Sonora desert is home to succulent flora and is particularly rich in local endemics such as: It ranges across Sonora into Baja California, Mexico.

It grows in open habitats at low elevations in the sonoran desert in sandy plains, canyon bottom, north- and south-facing canyon slopes, and nearby desert, especially along washes.

Ibervillea sonorae

Watson Greene Ibervillea sonorae var. The flowers coming throughout most of the summer. Watson See all synonyms of Ibervillea sonorae.

The fruit becomes red as it ripens. It’s also possible to make cuttings. Back to Cucurbitaceae index.

Watson Greene Erythea 3 5: Each year before the rainy season comes, it sends out a few roots downward and shoots upward. Grows in a rich, very well drained, preferably stony and drained soil mix. The plants are very slow growing, so don’t expect great growth spurts from year to year.


It doesn’t like iberillea wet winter when the tuber is dormant after shedding its leavesbut will survive. The shoots are round, smooth, glabrous and green above, brown grey and grey-spotted or streaked below.

This plant is suited to greenhouse culture, but does well out of doors in Mediterranean climate, it responds well to cultivation and can eventually make a wonderfully unusual houseplant. Frequently irregularities of shape give ibetvillea the effect of stone. In Sonora it is common from Navajoa to Alamos.

It is a plant for people who don’t want a lot of work taking care of their plants, as it seems to thrive on neglect. Every autumn the shoots die back and sprout again early in the spring.

Indoors they are often grown in shallow pots, with a tuft of wining stems emerging from a bulbous stem that seems to erupt from the soil. Bugs, mealy bugs and mites usually are not a problem with the Ibervilleahowever if they do appear, simply spray the houseplant down with a soapy water mix twice a day until they are gone.

Back to Ibervillea index. Remove the spent branches. The plant is able to persist in its arid habitat with remarkable vitality. But it is alive. Female flowers pistillate solitary, small, looking like they have growing from a miniature zucchini.

Fruits are eaten by lizards and other animals.