Flora of the Southeastern United States
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CUCURBITACEAE

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

Syn: = FNA6; < Momordica charantia – Bah, K1, K3, K4, Meso4.1, NE, S, Tx, WH3

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image of plant© Keith Bradley
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