Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Monoecious, annual or tuberous-rooted perennial trailing herbs, hairy to scabrous. Leaves palmately to bipinnately lobed, simple; tendrils simple or 2–4-branched. Male and female flowers solitary. Calyx and corolla 5-lobed; hypanthium short; stamens inserted toward base of hypanthium, connective broad, anthers 3, two 2-locular, one 1-locular, locules flexuose; disc absent. Female flowers with 3-lobed stigma; staminodes 3; ovary hairy with many ovules. Fruit globose, indehiscent, fleshy; seeds many, ovate, compressed.

3 species, in Africa and Asia; 2 species naturalised in Australia.

Source: Jobson, P.C. (1996). Cucurbitaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Cucurbitales
family Cucurbitaceae
Higher taxa
genus Citrullus
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