Cucumis anguria

Cucumis anguria

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(West Indian Gherkin)

FAMILY

Cucurbitaceae

Species

Cucumis anguria

Common name

West Indian Gherkin

Flower colour; life form

Flowers yellow; vine with tendrils

Distinguishing features

A weed of disturbed areas, stems and leaves bear rough hairs, tendrils present. Leaves alternate, deeply 5-lobed may be up to 9.5 cm long and 9 cm broad. Flowers have a yellow 5-lobed corolla. Fruit a pepo, ellipsoidal to 6 cm long, 3 cm diameter with short prickles on surface giving a rough feel, yellowish when ripe.