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Specimen numbers are hyperlinked to records in the Consortium of California Herbaria data view where possible. Taxa are hyperlinked to entries in the Jepson Interchange via the "[Online Interchange]" link.


Annual. Stem: generally scabrous; tendril unbranched. Leaf: angular to ± palmately lobed; 1° lobes ± entire to irregularly lobed. Inflorescence: staminate flowers 1–several per node; pistillate flowers generally 1, at different nodes. Flower: corolla 2–3 cm wide, rotate or shallowly cup-shaped, yellow, deeply 5-lobed, fused part < 1 cm; anthers 3, free; stigmas 3–5, ± reniform. Fruit: gourd- or melon-like, indehiscent, cylindric to spheric; rind firm, net-veined, prickles 0 or weak; pulp green-white to orange. Seed: many, < 1 cm, ± flat; margin smooth.
± 40 species: Africa, southern Asia. (Greek: cucumber) [Renner et al. 2007 BMC Evol Biol 7:58–69]
Unabridged references: [Schaefer 2007 Blumea 52:165–177; Ghebretinsae et al. 2007 Amer J Bot 94:1256–1266; McVaugh 2001 Cucumis In W.R. Anderson (ed), Flora Novo-Galiciana 3:504–509, Univ Michigan Herbarium, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Kirkbride 1993 Biosystematic Monograph of the Genus Cucumis (Cucurbitaceae), Parkway Publishers, Boone, North Carolina]

Key to Cucumis

1. Leaf angular or shallowly lobed; fruit 3–6 cm wide, prickles 0 ..... C. melo var. dudaim

1' Leaf deeply lobed; fruit 2–3 cm wide, prickles weak ..... C. myriocarpus


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