African Plant Database

Cucumis melo L.
Protologue : Sp. Pl. 2: 1011 (1753)  
Information on the genus : Cucumis
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for NA : accepted (weed)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Citrullus melo (L.) Ozenda
 Cucumis melo L. subsp. melo
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Cucumis melo var. cultus Kurz
=Cucumis laevigatus Chiov.
=*Cucumis dipsaceus auct.
=Cucumis cognatus Fenzl ex Cogn. (1871)
Taxon infra-specific
Cucumis melo L. subsp. melo
Cucumis melo subsp. agrestis (Naudin) Pangalo
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Annual climber or trailer to 1,5 m long.
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Ecology : Wild only in eastern and north-eastern tropical Africa. – Weed of cultivated land and waste places; open woodland, especially at river margins; 0-1220 m alt.
Biol./Eco : Herb, Vine; distribution: Africa. Australasia/Pacific,

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Peyre de Fabrègues B. & J. P. Lebrun (1976). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Niger. Maison Alfort
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:197 (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • Fl. Iberica 3: 466 (1993). 
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Record n°60171 modified 2007-04-16
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