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Apodanthera undulata

Apodanthera undulata A. Gray

Melon loco

Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: APUN

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A malodorous, grayish, hairy plant with long, coarse, prostrate stems bearing tendrils, kidney-shaped leaf blades, and yellow, funnel-shaped flowers. The mature melons are green and have raised, longitudinal ridges.

The melons taste so bad you would have to be loco to eat one.

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Pepo
Size Notes: Trailing up to 10 feet.
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep

Distribution

USA: AZ , NM , TX
Native Distribution: Southern Arizona east to western Texas and south to Mexico.
Native Habitat: Sand dunes, gravelly flats, grasslands, and roadsides.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Apodanthera undulata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Apodanthera undulata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Apodanthera undulata

Metadata

Record Modified: 2012-11-25
Research By: TWC Staff

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