Nara Plant
Acanthosicyos horrida

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acanthosicyos (a-kanth-oh-SIS-eye-os) (Info)
Species: horrida (HOR-id-uh) (Info)

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Herbs

Perennials

Shrubs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms all year

Foliage:

Succulent

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Feb 13, 2010, IRFAN_LODHI from faisalabad
Pakistan (Zone 10b) wrote:

Acanthosicyos horridus )
nara (Topnaar); nara melon (English); butterpips
geographic distribution :
Acanthosicyos horridus grows in the coastal region of the Namib Desert in Namibia It grows where underground water is available, colonizing shifting sand dunes......

SOME TRUTH ABOUT NARA MELON :Fossil evidence indicates that the nara existed some 40 million years ago. The nara was probably utilized in the stone-age, and was probably the sole reason why the desert tribes survived in their habitat to modern day.
The shrub is heavily armed with 2-3cm long straight, sharp, paired spines growing on longitudinally grooved stems up to 1m long
Uses
The nuts of the fruit are the staple diet of indigenous pe... read more