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"Notes: Dry Localities, semi-evergreen forests"
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Distribution

Maharashtra: Ahmednagar Kerala: All districts Tamil Nadu: Tiruvannamalai
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Distribution in Egypt

Sinai (St.Katherine), Napq.

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Localities documented in Tropicos sources

Cucumis prophetarum L.:
Iran (Asia)
Mali (Africa & Madagascar)
Nigeria (Africa & Madagascar)
South Yemen (Asia)
Jordan (Asia)
Iraq (Asia)
United Arab Emirates (Asia)
Syria (Asia)
Somalia (Africa & Madagascar)
Senegal (Africa & Madagascar)
Sudan (Africa & Madagascar)
Saudi Arabia (Asia)
Qatar (Asia)
Pakistan (Asia)
Oman (Asia)
Mauritania (Africa & Madagascar)
Israel (Asia)
Egypt (Africa & Madagascar)
India (Asia)

Note: This information is based on publications available through Tropicos and may not represent the entire distribution. Tropicos does not categorize distributions as native or non-native.
  • Kirkbride, J. H. 1993. Biosystematic Monograph of the Genus Cucumis (Cucurbitaceae). i–x, 1–159. In Biosyst. Monogr. Cucumis. Parkway Publishers, Boone, North Carolina.   http://www.tropicos.org/Reference/1025203 External link.
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Distribution: Paleotropic in distribution, throughout North Africa, Arabia to India and Pakistan. In Pakistan it is mainly distributed in Sind and Baluchistan.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Description

A prostrate or climbing perennial herb; stem slender, sulcate, hispid and rough, hairs whitish. Tendrils simple and short, scabrid. Leaves ovate-orbicular, 2-4 cm long. cordate-truncate at base, 3-(-5)-lobed, lobes obtuse or subacute, margin dentate or lobulate, hispid-scabrid on both surfaces; petiole 1-4 cm long, densely scabrid with white hairs. Male flowers in fascicles of 2-3 flowers, rarely solitary; peduncle 5-10 mm long, hispid. Calyx-tube 3-5 mm long, hispid, lobes linear, spreading, c. 1.5 mm long. Corolla ± villous, 3-5 mm long, lobes ovate-oblong, ± mucronate. Anthers oblong 2-5 mm long. Female flowers solitary, peduncle 2-3 cm long, calyx and corolla as in male. Ovary muricate. Fruit ovoid or subglobose, puberulous, softly echinate, longitudinally striped green and white, yellow when ripe, 3-4 x 2-3 cm. Seeds pale ashy, c. 4 x 2 mm, ± oblong or ellipsoid.
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Diagnostic Description

Diagnostic

Habit: Trailer
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Life History and Behavior

Cyclicity

Flower/Fruit

Fl. Per.: June-July.
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Life Expectancy

Perennial.

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