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Family: CUCURBITACEAE 

 Momordica balsamina
 
  
Author:  Carl Linnaeus 1753
Family:  Cucurbitaceae
Habitat:  Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa, Zanzibar, Asia, Arabia, India, Australia
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  4 centimetres
Height:  50 centimetres (5 meters)
Flower:  White - Yellow
Reproduction:  Seeds/Cuttings
Pop names:  Bitter Melon, Balsam Apple
Synonyms:  Momordica involucrata E. Meyer ex Sonder. Momordica schinzii Cogn.

Male flower.


Female flower.


Unripe fruit.

   This member of the Cucurbitaceae  family was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. It is found in from central tropical Africa through Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland and all the provinces of South Africa (except the Western Cape), Asia, Arabia, India and Australia. It grows in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The vines will grow up to five meters long. The flowers from white to yellow with two almost black spots.

The name comes from Mordio: "To bite" after the bitten appearance. balsamina from Latin: balsamum refering to one of it's medical uses.


The fruit by Bernard Gacongne


Open fruit with seeds.


The leaf by Bernard Gacongne