Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2702

Climbing herbaceous vine (with tendrils)
Annual
Monoecious

Non-native: Africa
Documented growing wild in - - -

Rare

Look for it in disturbed areas, roadsides, fence-rows, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellow
Unisexual
Slightly bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed rotate or broadly campanulate corolla
3 stamens (rarely 2)
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Berry

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Momordica charantia ssp. charantia   FAMILY Cucurbitaceae

(?) LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Momordica charantia   FAMILY Cucurbitaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Balsam-apple, Bitter Melon, Balsam-pear