Carolinas and Georgia

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Cucurbitales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Melothria pendula   FAMILY Cucurbitaceae

INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Melothria pendula var. pendula   FAMILY Cucurbitaceae

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Melothria pendula var. aspera

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Melothria pendula var. crassifolia

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 177-06-001:
Melothria pendula   FAMILY Cucurbitaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Creeping Cucumber


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Look for it in bottomland forests, moist roadsides & disturbed areas, marshes, per Weakley's Flora

Climbing herbaceous vine (with tendrils)
Annual
Polygamous or monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Mountains)

 

full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple - palmately lobed
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Yellow
Unisexual (rarely bisexual)
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed campanulate corolla
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Green/Black
Berry

 

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Melothria pendula   FAMILY Cucurbitaceae

Creeping Cucumber