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Family Name: Cucurbitaceae
Genus Name: Cucumis
Species Name: melo var. agrestis
Feature: Images highlighting the identifying characteristics of different Cucumis species
Diagnostic features : Annual prostrate, herb. Leaves shallowly 3-5 lobed. Male flower ca 4.5 x 2 cm, in fascicle of 4-6 per axils. Female flower ca 3.5 x 2.5 cm, solitary, ovary densely antrorsly hairy. Fruit 4-4.5 x 2.5-3 cm, indehiscent, ovate-oblong, mottled dark green with 10 pale green continuous longitudinal stripes, turns pale yellow at maturity, mostly bitter, rarely not bitter. Seed 0.6 x 0.3 x 0.05 cm, ovate to lance-ovate, beaked, funiculus persistent, grey-white.Flowering and fruiting : June to December. Distribution : World wide. India: All states. 
Field notes : It is widely spread species. Habitat ranges from evergreen forest to semi dry to dry forest. It grows along road side, in grass land and cultivated fields. Inedible, some forms are edible after maturity.
Vernacular names : Kachoori,Talcmak, Shinde (Marathi); Simmatildcai (Tamil).

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