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Family Name: Cucurbitaceae
Genus Name: Cucumis
Species Name: sativus var. hardwickii
Feature: Images highlighting the identifying characteristics of different Cucumis species
Diagnostic features : Annual climbing, herb. Leaves pentangular. Male flower ca 2 x 3 cm, in cluster of ca 7-9. Female flower ca 3.5 x 2-2.5 cm, solitary, ovary trigonus, oblong, hispidulous hairy. Fruit 4.5-17 x 3-10 cm, indehiscent, oblong to rounded, green with ten longitudinal stripes, rarely white, green when young turns pale yellow to brown at maturity, bitter. Seed 1.5 x 0.4 x 0.3, ovate to lance-ovate, beaked, funiculus persistent, grey-white.
Flowering and fruiting : June to December. Distribution : Worldwide. India: In all states. Field notes : This species is common throughout India and grows in hedges along roadsides and in agricultural fields. Inedible. Vernacular names : Jangali Kakadi (Marathi), Wild cucumber (English)

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