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*Momordica charantia Linnaeus ssp. charantia . Balsam-pear, Balsam-apple, Bitter Melon, Cerasee, Asosi. Phen: Apr-Nov. Hab: Disturbed areas, roadsides, fence-rows. Dist: Native of Africa. Reported for Panhandle FL by Anderson (2007) and Kunzer et al. (2009), and for Alabama by Diamond (2021).

Origin/Endemic status: Subsaharan Africa

Other Comments: An additional subspecies, ssp. macroloba Achigan-Dako & Blattner, is known from wc. Africa.

Synonymy: = FNA6; = n/a – C, Pa; < Momordica charantia L. – Bah, Fl2, K1, K3, K4, Meso4.1, NE, S, Tx, WH3

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: UPL (name change)
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: UPL (name change)
  • Great Plains: FACU (name change)
  • Midwest: FACU (name change)
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FACU (name change)

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image of plant© Keith Bradley | Original Image ⭷
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