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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (2/8/20):
Momordica charantia ssp. charantia   FAMILY Cucurbitaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Momordica charantia   FAMILY Cucurbitaceae

 

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


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image of Momordica charantia ssp. charantia, Balsam-pear, Balsam-apple, Bitter Melon

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmcharantia_sebring1

June    Polk County    FL

Leaf blade suborbiculate-orbiculate, deeply palmately 5-7 lobed, base cordate, per Flora of North America.

image of Momordica charantia ssp. charantia, Balsam-pear, Balsam-apple, Bitter Melon

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmcharantia_sebring1b

June    Polk County    FL

The five petals bright yellow, obovate to oblong-obovate, per Flora of North America.

image of Momordica charantia ssp. charantia, Balsam-pear, Balsam-apple, Bitter Melon

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmcharantia_sebring4

June    Polk County    FL

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (2/8/20):
Momordica charantia ssp. charantia   FAMILY Cucurbitaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Momordica charantia   FAMILY Cucurbitaceae

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

2702

Climbing herbaceous vine (with tendrils)
Annual
Monoecious

Non-native: Africa

Rare

Habitat: 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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