Apodanthera undulata A. Gray
Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber Family)
USDA Symbol: APUN
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Fruit Type: Pepo
Size Notes: Trailing up to 10 feet.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AZ , NM , TX
Native Distribution: Southern Arizona east to western Texas and south to Mexico.
Native Habitat: Sand dunes, gravelly flats, grasslands, and roadsides.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
BenefitWarning: Plants with the word loco ("crazy") in their common names are usually poisonous to some degree, and should not be ingested by humans or animals; several contain behavior-altering toxins.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Apodanthera undulata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Apodanthera undulata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Apodanthera undulata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-11-25
Research By: TWC Staff