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Acanthosicyos naudinianus

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Kingdom  Plantae
Genus  Acanthosicyos
Rank  Species
Family  Cucurbitaceae
Scientific name  Acanthosicyos naudinianus
Order  Cucurbitales
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Similar  Acanthosicyos, Acanthosicyos horridus, Citrullus ecirrhosus, Cucurbitales, Lagenaria sphaerica

Acanthosicyos naudinianus, known as the Gemsbok cucumber, is a perennial African melon with edible fruits and seeds. The plant is green, and the flowers are yellow. The fruit is edible, but eating it before it is ripe will cause a burning sensation in one's mouth. It is not poisonous, but it can be combined with the blood of the larva of the Diamphidia beetle to produce a poison which can be used to make poison arrows.

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