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Melothria pendula Linnaeus. Melonette, Creeping Cucumber, Mouse Melon, Meloncito. Phen: Jun-Nov. Hab: Bottomland forests, moist roadsides and disturbed areas, marshes. Dist: DC, MD, and VA west to IN, south to FL and TX; also widespread in the West Indies, Mexico, Central America, and South America.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = Ar, Bah, C, F, Fl2, FNA6, G, GW2, Il, K4, Meso4.1, Mex, NcTx, RAB, Tn, Tx, Va, W, WH3; = n/a – Tat; > Melothria microcarpa Shuttlew. – S; > Melothria nashii Small – S; > Melothria pendula L. – S; > Melothria pendula L. var. aspera – K1, K3, S; > Melothria pendula L. var. crassifolia (Small) Cogn. – K1, K3; > Melothria pendula L. var. pendula – K1, K3

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FAC
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FAC
  • Great Plains: FAC
  • Midwest: FAC

Heliophily ?: 6

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