Cucumis melo

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Cucumis melo L.

Cucurbitaceae

Life form: annual or biennial
Usage: economic plant

Exposure: sun   10

Moisture: moderately moist bis Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: reniform

Division: simple

Shape: campanulate
Fruit: berry

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Inflorescence: cluster

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Dilleniidae
Superordo:
Violanae
Ordo:
Cucurbitales

Cucumis melo, commonly known as Melon, belongs to the group of annual and biennial plants.

Naming

Cucumis melo was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Cucumis melo is a species in the genus Cucumis which contains approximately 52 to 90 species and belongs to the family of the Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The plants reach heights of 15 to 500 centimetres.

Leaves

Cucumis melo is deciduous. The simple leaves are alternate. They are reniform, sinuate and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Cucumis melo produces cluster of yellow campanulate flowers.

The plants produce berries.

Root System

Distribution

Cultivation

The plants prefer a sunny situation on fresh to moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil. They tolerate temperatures only above at least 1°C (USDA zone 10).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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