Taxon: Cucumis melo L.

Genus: Cucumis
  Subgenus: Cucumis
    Section: Cucumis
Family: Cucurbitaceae
      Tribe: Benincaseae
Nomen number: 404410
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:1011. 1753
Name Verified on: 06-Feb-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 20-Apr-2009
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7)
Accessions: 1832 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

  • melon  (Source: BSBI) - English
  • Melone  (Source: Zander Ency) - German

Distributional Range:


    . exact native range obscure


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Tanzania; Uganda
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Chad; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Somalia; Sudan
    • South Tropical Africa: Malawi; Mozambique; Zimbabwe
    • Southern Africa: South Africa
    • West Tropical Africa: Benin; Cote D'Ivoire; Ghana; Niger; Senegal
    • Western Indian Ocean: Seychelles
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Arabian Peninsula: Oman; Saudi Arabia; Yemen
    • China: China
    • Eastern Asia: Japan; Korea
    • Western Asia: Iran
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India; Nepal; Pakistan; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Myanmar; Thailand
    • Malesia: Indonesia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines
    • North Indian Ocean: Maldives
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia
  • Pacific

    • Northwestern Pacific: Guam
    • Southwestern Pacific: Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tonga

  • Naturalized:

    . widely natzd. in tropics


    . cult. worldwide


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