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1a. Cucumis melo subsp. melo

甜瓜(原亚种) tian gua (yuan ya zhong)

Cucumis bisexualis A. M. Lu & G. C. Wang.

Ovary and young fruit pilose or lanate, with spreading hairs; fruit in cultivated forms fragrant and sweet.

Farmlands, roadsides. Anhui, Jiangsu, Shandong, Xinjiang; also cultivated throughout China [native to Old World tropics and subtropics; introduced in New World tropics; widely cultivated in tropical and temperate countries].

The fruit is used as a refreshing dessert in summer; the plants are used medicinally.


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