Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug
Annual, Herbaceous Perennial, Perennial, Vegetable, Vine, Glabrous annual or shortly lived perennial, succulent tangled twiner; stems much branched, 2–10 m. long, sometimes almost leafless, greenish or reddish.
The flower is inconspicuous. White, pink, or red blossoms in short spikes and are located in the leaf axils., Flowers white, rose or purplish, (3–)4–5 mm. long, in long-peduncled spikes, 2.5–15(–25) cm. long, usually unbranched (in African specimens at least) but branched in some cultivated forms.
The fruits are round and soft, and can be red, white, or black in color. The seeds are round and black., Fruits ± 0.5 cm. in diameter (4–7 × 5–10 mm. according to van Steenis), red, white or black; surface crinkly in the dry state.