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Yvy'a flower (Ceratosanthes Hilariana) In Guarani “yvy'a”, fruit of the earth, an inconspicuous vine that grows in the Paraguayan Chaco. It produces an aqueous tuber which can grow to half a meter in size. It is sought after in dry season as a source for water. During the Chaco War (Bolivia - Paraguay 1932/35), soldiers would dig them up and squeeze out the juice to drink. Lives were saved.  Ceratosanthes hilariana,Geotagged,Paraguay,Winter,cucurbitaceae,vine Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Yvy'a flower (Ceratosanthes Hilariana)

In Guarani “yvy'a”, fruit of the earth, an inconspicuous vine that grows in the Paraguayan Chaco. It produces an aqueous tuber which can grow to half a meter in size. It is sought after in dry season as a source for water. During the Chaco War (Bolivia - Paraguay 1932/35), soldiers would dig them up and squeeze out the juice to drink. Lives were saved.

    comments (3)

  1. Interesting species and description. I created a species ID for it. Posted 3 years ago
  2. Many thanks for the species ID WildfFower Posted 3 years ago
  3. This is the first photo on the site from Paraguay, well done! Posted 3 years ago

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Ceratosanthes hilariana is a South American species of vine in the gourd family. It was described by Célestin Alfred Cogniaux in 1877.

Similar species: Begonias, Gourds
Species identified by WildFlower
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By Tito Lahaye

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Uploaded Jan 8, 2016. Captured Sep 18, 2015 09:18 in Estrella, Asunción, Paraguay.
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