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3. Cucumis melo Linn., Sp. Pl. 1011. 1753. Cogn., l.c. 482; Clarke, l.c. 620; Chakravarty, l.c.102; Bailey, Stand. Cyclop. Hort. 1:907. 1947; R.R. Stewart, l.c.; C. Jeffrey, l.c. 974, 802.


Annual or sometimes perennial (in wild form), trailing, prostrate or rarely climbing herb. Stem angular and hirsute, sometimes becoming circular and glabrous. Leaves ± reniform, 5-angled or shallowly 5-lobed, lobes obtuse, both surfaces covered with soft villous hairs; size variable, 5-15 cm long and as much broad, smaller in wild forms. Male flowers fasciculate; peduncle 5-3 cm long. Calyx tube villous, 5-8 mm long, sepals subulate. Corolla 1-2 cm long. Fruits variable in size, shape, texture and colour, generally glabrous. Seeds white, oblong and emarginate.

A variable species, but 4 varieties can be recognised from our region.

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