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Acanthosicyos horridus (A) Citrullus lanatus (B)
by Ethel Dixie c.1925

Acanthosicyos horridus is an unusual melon that occurs only in Namibia; it is locally called naras or nara.

The nara plant is leafless, the modified stems and spines serve as the photosynthetic "organs" of the plant.<ref name="kruger" />

The edible seeds are known locally as butterpips.<ref name="prota">Grubben, G.J.H. & Denton, O.A. (2004) Plant Resources of Tropical Africa 2. Vegetables. PROTA Foundation, Wageningen; Backhuys, Leiden; CTA, Wageningen.</ref>

The fruit serves as an essential food source for Topnaar people from February to April and August to September.<ref name="kruger">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The katydid Acanthoproctus diadematus feeds on the plant, moving between different bushes at night.<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref>


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File:Ethel Dixie01.jpg
Acanthosicyos horridus (A) Citrullus lanatus (B)
by Ethel Dixie c.1925

Acanthosicyos horridus is an unusual melon that occurs only in Namibia; it is locally called naras or nara.

The nara plant is leafless, the modified stems and spines serve as the photosynthetic "organs" of the plant.<ref name="kruger" />

The edible seeds are known locally as butterpips.<ref name="prota">Grubben, G.J.H. & Denton, O.A. (2004) Plant Resources of Tropical Africa 2. Vegetables. PROTA Foundation, Wageningen; Backhuys, Leiden; CTA, Wageningen.</ref>

The fruit serves as an essential food source for Topnaar people from February to April and August to September.<ref name="kruger">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The katydid Acanthoproctus diadematus feeds on the plant, moving between different bushes at night.<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref>


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