Plants of the Castlemaine District

Paddymelon - introduced (*Cucumis myriocarpus )

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Other names: Prickly Paddymelon.

Family: Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber family).

Native of South Africa.

Occurrence: Widespread grassland weed in northern Victoria.


The fruit are poisonous. Paddymelon is widespread in the inland areas of Australia.

Similar species: Bitter Melon (Citrullus lanatus var lanatus) has much larger fruit (to tennis ball size or larger), and which are smooth-skinned.

Watermelon is Citullus lanatus var caffer.

Photos: Moonlight Creek flat. 1: Leaves, flowers and fruit. 2: It is a prostrate plant. img