Lindheimer Globeberry, Balsamapple, Snake-Apple. Ibervillea lindheimeri (Gray) Greene. Whole plant. Family: Cucurbitaceae. Longevity: Perennial. Origin. leaf–is this leaf simple or compound? what kind of venation is present? leaf, tendrils (what habit must this plant be?), and fruit. Ibervillea lindheimeri (A. Gray) Greene Show All Show Tabs Lindheimer’s globeberry. Image of Ibervillea lindheimeri. General Information. Symbol: IBLI. Group.

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Geophyte twining vine, the vine part is mostly annual and deciduous. Lindheimer is credited with the discovery of several hundred plant species. Fruits ornamental, Attractive Use Wildlife: Gray Greene Erythea 3: Back to Ibervillea index.

Male iberviillea mostly in racemose clusters.

Sand, loam, clay, limestone. August 18, Is the Balsam Gourd edible or poisonous? Search Google for Ibervillea lindheimeri. Lindhimeri, yellow with a dash of green.

However warmth throughout the year will increase the grower’s success at temperatures from 5 to 10 degrees centigrade during rest season. They are pretty resistant to rotting if all other conditions are good. Gray See all synonyms of Ibervillea lindheimeri. Plants even five to ten years old are extremely nice. If you are not sure what you are looking for, try the Combination Search or our Recommended Species lists.

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Snake Apple (Ibervillea lindheimeri) ยท

Ibervjllea to Cucurbitaceae index. Climbs by tendrils so will need a shrub or trellis to clamber up. The plant will set more fruit in a sunnier setting.

Globose berries, 1, cm in diameter, green, white-striped, becoming bright red when ripe, smooth, several-seeded. The caudex swollen tuberous roots is thick nearly globose or somewhat flattened up to 35 cm in diameter in older plants.


Sometimes it ignores its proper growing seasons from spring to autumn and keeps its vines growing long into its rest period, or sends up new vines much earlier than expected. The fruit becomes red as it ripens.

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. It doesn’t like a wet winter when the tuber is dormant after shedding its leavesbut will survive.

Loughmiller Bibref – Texas Wildscapes: Alternate, blades cm wide, thick, glabrous above and pustulate-glandular below; very variable on shepe, broadly cuneate, or rhombic-ovate, mostly 3- to 5-lobed, often wider than long, angled to irregularly and often deeply lobed palmately dissectedeach lobe, in turn, lobed.

Chihuahua, Coahuila, San Luis Potosi. Ibervillea lindheimeri is a slender perennial, trailing or climbing vine with tendrils, growing from a large caudex, it produces small hardly noticeable, yellow flowers in summer and showy, bright orange-to-red melons The fruits are more noticeable than the flowers. It grows on, using its tendrils to climb over rocks and various woody shrubs and fences, especially allthorn Koeberlinia spinosa.

Gray Small Maximowiczia lindheimeri var. The fruits are more noticeable than the flowers and visible at eye level, or higher, in the trees. However warmth throughout the year will increase the grower’s success at temperatures from 5 to 10 degrees centigrade during rest season. Light tolerance makes balsam-gourd a versatile plant for shade gardens.

Male flowers staminate yellow in racemes, tubular, to 8 mm long, hypanthium long and narrowly cylindric. It is similar and strictly related to Ibervillea lindheimeri. In he settled in New Braunfels, Texas, and was granted land on the banks of the Comal River, where he continued his plant collecting and attempted to establish a botanical garden.


Common on Chihuahuan desert on heavier sands, clay, or caliche, in flat brushy pastures, edges of thickets, open woods, rocky slopes and along canyon walls.

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Open woodlands, Thickets, Fence rows. This species is named after Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer who is often called the Father of Texas Botany because of his work as the first permanent-resident plant collector in Ibervi,lea.

Rounded at the large end. Back to Cucurbitaceae index. The fruit is over 1 inch in diameter, with green stripes iibervillea young, but bright red when ripe. He shared his findings with many others who shared his interest in botany, including Ferdinand von Roemer and Adolph Scheele. Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Ibervillea lindheimeri group.

Pulp yellowish filled with plump seeds.

The plants are very slow growing, so don’t expect great growth spurts from year to year. It doesn’t like a wet winter when the tuber is dormant after shedding its leavesbut will survive. Gray See all synonyms of Ibervillea lindheimeri. Female flowers pistillate solitary, small, looking like they have growing from a miniature zucchini.

Green stripes when young, but bright red when ripe. The vine climbs feet high by means of tendrils. In addition his name is used to designate forty-eight species and subspecies of plants.