The caudex by
The female flower by
The male flower by
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 prefers 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.
*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.