Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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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)

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

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

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

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Melothria pendula var. pendula   FAMILY Cucurbitaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 177-06-001:
Melothria pendula   FAMILY Cucurbitaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS National Database
Melothria pendula var. aspera

GREATER THAN PLANTS National Database
Melothria pendula var. crassifolia

 

COMMON NAME:
Creeping Cucumber


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_mepe3_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm170826_808

August    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm120914_911

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm120914_915

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Fruit green to black, ovoid, about 1cm, pulpy, w 20 white seeds, poisonous, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm120914_915b

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Female flowers solitary, about 1/4" across; male even smaller in a cluster, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm120914_919

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

The picture shows the evolution of the inferior ovary into developing fruit.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_melothria_pendula_c

September        

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JK Marlow    s060909_a

September    Greenville County    SC

The tendrils are unbranched, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    s060909_b

September    Greenville County    SC

Leaves toothed, shallowly to deeply palmately 5-lobed; base deeply cordate, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE palmately veined leaves of vines

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JK Marlow    s060909_b2

September    Greenville County    SC

Fruit is green, melon-like, about 0.4" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.