Plants of the Castlemaine district

Bitter Melon - introduced (*Citrullus lanatus var. lanatus)

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Other names: Camel Melon.

Family: Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber family).


Occurrence: Most common in inland Australia Victoria.


Similar species: Paddymelon (Cucumis myriocarpus) has marble-sized rough-surfaced fruit.

Watermelon is Citrullus lanatus var caffer.

Name: lanatus: with woolly hairs.

Photos 1 and 2: Bitter Melon. Cairn Curran.