Cucumis melo (Linnaeus)
Cucurbitaceae (Gourd) Family
Plant is an annual with trailing angular stems several feet long. The stems, petioles, and major veins of leaves are covered with bulbous-based bristles. Its preferred habitat is alluvial soils, but is not confined, weedy at times. Distribution is occasional in the Escambia region, except when planted as a garden variety.
The leaves are alternate, broadly deltoid, ovate-oblong, stalked, and membranous. The leaf is about 2 inches long, rough above and below. The margins are finely toothed and crinkled.
The flowers arise from the leaf axil; bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. The color is bright to pale yellow and about 3/4 inch in diameter, sweet scented. Flowers occur in the summer.
Fruit is globose to oblong, about 8 inches in diameter and equally as long, yellow when mature, odorous. The plant is often cultivated for its perfumed fruit.