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This is Linda Lee's (University of South Carolina Herbarium) photo of a Melothria pendula, which should be the same.


The caudex by Bernard Gacongne.


The female flower by Bernard Gacongne.


The male flower by Bernard Gacongne.


The leaf by Bernard Gacongne.

Author:  Charles Victor Naudin, 1866
Family:  CUCURBITACEAE
Origin:  Mexico
Soil:  Peat
Water:  Medium to Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  7 Centimetres
Height:  3 meters
Flower:  Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Mexican Sour Cukes, Cuca-melon, Mexikanische Ziergurke, Mexican Sour Cucumbers (Guadeloupe Cucumber, Creeping ucumber)
Synonyms:  Melothria pendula L.1753*. Apodanthera pringlei S. Watson, 1890. Melothria costensis C. Jeffrey, 1978. Melothria donnell-smithii Cogn. ex Donn. Sm. 1891.  Melothria pringlei (S. Watson) Mart. Crov. 1954.
This member of the Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by Charles Victor Naudin in 1866. There seems to be a lot of synonyms for this name, and even more synonyms to the synonyms! It is found in Mexico, and maybe up in most of the US. It preferring a well drained rich peat with some to much water and some sun. The vines will reach for three meters. The small flowers are yellow, and the small fruits can be eaten. It can only be reproduced by seeds, and maybe by root cuttings.

The genus name is from Ancient Greek μηλοθρων (mēlothrōn) 'kind of white grape' in reference to small grapevine fruits born by the genus. The specific name means 'rough' or 'scabby'.

*Synonyms of Melothria pendula: Bryonia guadalupensis Spreng. 1826. Melothria donnell-smithii Cogn. ex Donn. Sm. 1891. Melothria fluminensis Gardner 1842. Melothria guadalupensis (Spreng.) Cogn. 1881.


Vivi's photo of the fruits before they are turning red.


The fruit by Bernard Gacongne.


The seeds by
Bernard Gacongne. Centimetres.