Smell Melon - Cantalope - Honeydew Melon
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.

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