Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Cucumis melo L.
Linnaeus, C. (1753) Species Plantarum 2: 1011. Type: Sweden: Plant cultivated at Uppsala (lectotype: LINN, sheet number 1152.8).
Wild Cucumber; Ulcardo Melon; Paddymelon; Melon, Ulcardo; Cucumber, Wild
A slender trailing or climbing annual herb, most parts hispid; stems ribbed, to 3 m long x 2.6 mm diameter. Tendrils simple unbranched, +/- leaf-opposed, straight for some distance and then tightly coiled, to 9 cm long.
Inflorescences unisexual. Male flowers: borne in fascicles of (1-)3-5 flowers; pedicels 3-13 mm; calyx tube (hypanthium) about 3.5-4.3 mm long; calyx lobes linear to narrowly triangular, about 2-4 mm long; corolla lobes ovate to elliptic, 8-12 mm x 4-6 mm; stamens 3, two stamens with 2-locular anthers and one stamen with a unilocular anther; stamens inserted towards base of hypanthium tube. Female flowers: solitary; pedicels 2.8-13 mm; ovary ca. 5-8 mm long, hairy; disk shortly cylindrical.
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Occurs in WA, NT, CYP, NEQ and CEQ, widespread across tropical and subtropical areas of Australia. Altitudinal range in northern Australia from near sea level to 820 m. Grows in a variety of habitats on heavy soil, often in grassy woodlands, but also in deciduous vine thickets. Widespread outside of Australia.