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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Fairly frequent on sandy soils, mostly in coastal oak woods, but also on a variety of soil types in rocky hills and fences, at edges of thickets and in open woods. The seeds are eaten by scaled quail, and the leaves are occasionally eaten by white-tailed deer. 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 and visible at eye level, or higher, in the trees.

The dark green, lobed leaves are scattered along the branching stems, giving the vine a delicate appearance. You don’t have to worry about it getting out of hand, because it dies to the ground in the winter.

Ibervilleas are often grown in containers with the caudex exposed. Derivation of specific name: Ibervillea lindheimeri was named in honor of Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer, a prominent botanist in the nineteenth century.

The caudex swollen tuberous roots is thick nearly globose or somewhat flattened up to 35 cm in diameter in older plants.

Injured caudexs release the odour of horseradish. Wiry, slightly angled, glabrous, dark green herbaceous, annual, that die to the ground in the winter, sprawling on the ground or climbing onto various supports by means of unbranched tendrils. Alternate, blades cm wide, thick, glabrous above lindheimdri 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.


Margins with widely spaced, whitish papillae. Axillary, yellow or greenish-yellow, unisexual dioeciousmale and female flowers growing on separate plants. Male flowers mostly in racemose clusters. Corolla radial, mm wide, yellow. Calyx tube of male flowers cylindric, mm long, Sepals ibervjllea, united. Pistillate flowers solitary, with sepals ibedvillea petals similar similar to the staminate flowers but pubescent on the inner surfaces.

Ibervillea lindheimeri

Ovary inferior; stigma 3-lobed. Spring to late summer April—September. Pulp yellowish filled with plump seeds. The thin-skinned, fleshy fruit is not edible.

Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Ibervillea lindheimeri group. 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.

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. 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.

Plants even five to ten years old are extremely nice. The plants are very slow growing, so don’t expect great growth spurts from year to year. Grows in a rich, very well drained, preferably stony and drained soil mix.

It is very drought tolerant, water linfheimeri but infrequently in summer. It doesn’t like a wet winter when the tuber is dormant after shedding its leavesbut will survive.

CAUDICIFORM Ibervillea lindheimeri

Over-watering is the most frequent cause of failure when growing Ibervilleaand should be kept on the dry side. It will start growing again in Spring. Watering can recommence once the plant has shown signs of producing a fresh shoot. Sometimes it ignores its proper growing seasons from spring to autumn and keeps its vines oindheimeri long into its rest period, or sends up new vines much earlier than expected.


In that case, paying attention to the plant and not the calendar is a good idea. They are pretty resistant to rotting if all other conditions are good. Fertilize them only once during this period. Keep the root in the shade, light shade ibervillda full sun for the vine. When it drops its leaves protect from frost and stop watering. It is hardy to -7 degrees Celsius if kept dry.

However warmth throughout the year will increase the grower’s success at temperatures from 5 to 10 degrees centigrade during rest season. Remove the spent branches. Leaf tips have a tendency to dry and be brown in the house, so if possible place it outside in the summer. 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.

The seedlings’ caudex forms below ground and will grow much faster if left underground for some years. Gray Greene Erythea 3: Ibervillea lindheimeri Photo by: Gray Greene Maximowiczia lindheimeri A.

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Gray See all synonyms of Ibervillea lindheimeri. Calyx tube mm long, and fruits mm wide. Back to Ibervillea index. Back to Cucurbitaceae index. Back to Succulents Encyclopedia index.