Common name: Paddy Melon
Cucumis myriocarpus subsp. myriocarpus Naudin APNI*
Synonyms: Cucumis myriocarpus subsp. leptodermis (Schweick.) C.Jeffrey & P.Halliday APNI*
Cucumis myriocarpus subsp. leptodermis (Schweick.) C.Jeffrey & P.Halliday APNI*
Description: Annual with stems to 2 m long.
Leaves with lamina broad-ovate, 2–7 cm long, 2–8 cm wide, cordate at base, 3–5-lobed, lobes obtuse, toothed to ± lobed, ± glabrous above, bristly below; petiole 1–8 cm long, bristly.
Male flowers in clusters of 2–4, pedicels 2–4 mm long; female flowers 1 or 2, pedicels 3–5 mm long.
Fruit ± globose, 15–25 mm diam., with scattered, soft, usually hooked bristles, green with pale longitudinal stripes, ripening yellow.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread weed in cultivated or disturbed areas, especially along roadsides. Native of S Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *S.A. *N.T.
Cucumis myriocarpus subsp. leptodermis has been misapplied to subsp. myriocarpus in NSW.
|The single subspecies in NSW. Characters and distribution as for the species in NSW.|
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