Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Canteloupe - Cucumis melo   L.
Members of Cucurbitaceae:
Only member of Cucumis in NC.
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DistributionCollected (away from obvious planting or cultivation) from 5 counties, from Catawba County to Carteret County.

Native of India; in N.A. NH to Ont., south to FL and TX; also Southwest.
HabitatRoadsides, dump, island in sound (at Beaufort, Carteret Co.), river floodplain at bridge, dump, waste ground.
PhenologyFlowering July-August; fruiting August-October.
IdentificationCanteloupe is a trailing vine with well-spaced broad leaves and a tendril opposite each leaf. Most parts are hispid/hairy. Leaves are roundish or kidney shaped in outline, irregularly and shallowly lobed, margins entire or weakly toothed. Flowers are axillary, yellow, the petals up to 10 mm (or so) long.
Taxonomic CommentsWeakley (2018) splits out 2 varieties, but we lump them for convenience.

Other Common Name(s)Honeydew, Muskmelon
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