Thank you, Dr. Rawat Ji

I had seen this plant in 2011 for the first time, but did not take it 
seriously. I thought it a common cucurbit based on its leaves. I was amazed 
in 2012 when saw its star-shaped bunches of fruits with spines. I posted it 
on FB page "Indian Flora" for ID in 2012, but was not identified. 
Unilocular ovary and one-seeded fruits were a lead for me to reach near 
Sechium and Sicyos. Then started searching the net and pinpointed Sicyos 
angulatus. By this time, I had come across a 65 page paper on Indian 
Cucurbitaceae by Renner and Pandey (2013). So, asked Prof. Renner to 
confirm my plant and for the reason of not including this in her paper. She 
suggested to write a small report on this plant. 
Current Science dropped the abstract from my paper as a part of their 
guidelines for short communications. 

Dr. Gurcharan Singh Sir helped me a lot by going through the manuscript and 
suggesting improvements. 

Link to the paper:

On Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:35:55 UTC+5:30, D.S Rawat wrote:
> Congratulation Dr Thakur for reporting its occurrence in India, first time.
> I saw the paper in Current Science today.
> Please send a pdf or link which can be added to the page of *Sicyos 
> angulatus* in efloraofindia.
> And please keep a watch over this plant, it is invader in the country.
> DSRawat Pantnagar 
> On Friday, January 15, 2016 at 5:49:09 PM UTC+5:30, Anil Thakur wrote:
>> Respected Group Members, 
>> Have anyone seen Sicyos angulatus in India? It is not listed on BSI 
>> website and no account has been given in various Floras. It is not 
>> listed even in an extensive work on Indian Cucurbitaceae by Renner and 
>> Pandey. 
>> -- 
>> Regards, 
>> Dr. Anil Kumar Thakur 
>> Associate Professor (Botany) 
>> Govt. P.G. College, Solan (H.P.) 
>> Mob. 94184-50063 

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