Melothria pendula L.
GUADELOUPE CUCUMBER
Bryonia guadalupensis; Melothria fluminensis; Melothria guadalupensis
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Melothria pendula, whole plant - in flower - general view
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Melothria pendula, whole plant - in flower - general view

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Melothria pendula, stem - showing leaf bases
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Melothria pendula, leaf - on upper stem
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Melothria pendula, fruit - juvenile
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Melothria pendula, fruit - juvenile
Melothria pendula, inflorescence - frontal view of flower
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Melothria pendula, inflorescence - frontal view of flower

Melothria pendula, inflorescence - lateral view of flower
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Melothria pendula, inflorescence - lateral view of flower
Melothria pendula, leaf and flower and fruit
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Melothria pendula L.

Melothria pendula plant

Family - Cucurbitaceae

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Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Melothria pendula flower Flower.

Melothria pendula fruit Fruit.

Flowering - July - September.

Habitat - Rich or rocky low woods, base of limestone bluffs, alluvial woods, along streams.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found in just a few southern counties in Missouri. The plant is very easy to identify because of its small yellow flowers and cucumber-like fruits. This species is a creeper and can completely cover other plants that it may grow upon.
The seeds of the fruit are purgative.

Photographs taken in Vero Beach, Fl., 2-13-03.


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Kingdom Plantae  
 Phylum Magnoliophyta  
 Class Magnoliopsida  
 Order Cucurbitales  
 Family Cucurbitaceae  
 Genus Melothria  
  Melothria pendula    L., 1735 
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Melothria pendula L.
Guadeloupe cucumber

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General Information
Symbol: MEPE3
Group: Dicot
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Vine
Native Status : L48   N
PR   N
VI   N
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Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 3: 292. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society . Scanned by Omnitek Inc . Usage Requirements .

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Synonyms

Classification

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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Violales
Family Cucurbitaceae – Cucumber family
Genus Melothria L. – melothria
Species Melothria pendula L. – Guadeloupe cucumber

Subordinate Taxa

The Plants Database includes the following 3 subspecies of Melothria pendula . Click below on a thumbnail map or name for subspecies profiles. Plant is native (blue) Native Plant is introduced Introduced Plant is introduced Native and Introduced Related taxa legend Distribution of <i>
Melothria pendula</i>
L. var. <i>
aspera</i>
Cogn.
Melothria pendula var. aspera
Guadeloupe cucumber Distribution of <i>
Melothria pendula</i>
L. var. <i>
crassifolia</i>
(Small) Cogn.
Melothria pendula var. crassifolia
Guadeloupe cucumber Distribution of <i>
Melothria pendula</i>
L. var. <i>
pendula </i>
Melothria pendula var. pendula
Guadeloupe cucumber

Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
Illinois squirting cucumber Threatened
Indiana creeping cucumber Extirpated
Maryland creeping cucumber Endangered

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

Top Level Regions
Caribbean FACU
North America
Arid West FAC
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain FAC
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont FAC
Great Plains FAC
Midwest FAC

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