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Family: CUCURBITACEAE 

 Citrullus lanatus
 

All plants on this page are found in Namibia, and their leaves are typical for that area.

  
Author:  Jinz˘ Matsumura & Takenoshin Nakai 1916
Family:  Cucurbitaceae
Habitat:  Kalahari desert, Namibia/South Africa (And most of the rest of the world today)
Soil:  Grit to peat
Water:  Minimum-Maximum
Sun:  Medium-Maximum
Thickness:  8 centimetres
Height:  10 centimetres (Ż-10 metres long)
Flower:  Yellow
Reproduction:  Seeds/Cuttings
Pop names:  Watermelon, Tsamma Melon
Synonyms:  Momordica lanata, Carl Peter Thunberg 1774 (Citrullus vulgaris, Schrad.1836), Citrullus caffer Schrad. Colocynthis amarissima Schrad. Colocynthis citrullus (L.) Kuntze. Cucumis colocynthis Thunb. Cucumis laciniosus Eckl. ex Schrad. Cucurbita anguria Duchesne ex Lam.  Cucurbita caffra Eckl. & Zeyh. Cucurbita citrullus L.

    This member of the Cucurbitaceae is grown as a crop around the world, but it is supposed to originate from the Kalahari Desert. It was given this name by Jinz˘ Matsumura and Takenoshin Nakai in 1916. In the wild, it will grow in grit or other well drained soil with little to some water and lots of sun, but it is not fuzzy! The thick root can grow to eight centimetres and the vines from half to ten metres. The flowers are yellow, and both male and female flowers can be found on each plant.