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Taxon: Cucumis pustulatus Hook. f.

Genus: Cucumis
Subgenus: Cucumis
Section: Aculeatosi
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Tribe: Benincaseae
Nomen number: 12578
Place of publication: D. Oliver, Fl. trop. Afr. 2:544. 1871
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 05-Feb-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 7 (7 active, 3 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (Map)

Autonyms (not in current use), synonyms and invalid designations:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym, I invalid designation)

Distributional Range:


    • NORTHEAST TROPICAL AFRICA: Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan
    • EAST TROPICAL AFRICA: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
    • WEST TROPICAL AFRICA: Niger, Nigeria

    • ARABIAN PENINSULA: Oman, Saudi Arabia, Yemen


  1. Boulos, L. 1999-. Flora of Egypt
  2. Dane, F. 1976. Chromosme studies in the genus Cucumis. Euphytica 25:367-374. Note: this study reported this species as a hexaploid
  3. Ghazanfar, S. A. 2003-. Flora of Oman
  4. Hedberg, I. & S. Edwards. 1989-. Flora of Ethiopia Note: Eritrea added in 2000
  5. Kirkbride, J. H., Jr. 1993. Biosystematic monograph of the genus Cucumis (Cucurbitaceae) 61. Note: Parkway Publ., North Carolina
  6. Matsumuto, Y. & M. Miyagi. 2012. Ploidy estimation in West Indian gherkin, horned melon and wild Cucumis spp. by flow cytometry. J. Hort. Forest. 4:111-113. Note: this study included this species with tetraploid (4x) and hexaploid (6x) populations
  7. Schaefer, H. 2007. Cucumis (Cucurbitaceae) must include Cucumella, Dicoelospermum, Mukia, Myrmecosicyos, and Oreosyce: a recircumscription based on nuclear and plastid DNA data. Blumea 52:169.
  8. Sebastian, P. et al. 2010. Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) and melon (C. melo) have numerous wild relatives in Asia and Australia, and the sister species of melon is from Australia. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 107:14269-14273.
  9. Thulin, M., ed. 1993-. Flora of Somalia.
  10. Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. 1952-. Flora of tropical East Africa. Note: = Cucumis figarei Naudin

Check other web resources for Cucumis pustulatus Hook. f. :

  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=12578. Accessed 19 February 2020.