Cucumis anguria L. (Cultivated) (Images by B.Rathinasabapathy – Id by Vijayasankar Raman)

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Cucumis dipsaceus Ehrenb. ex Spach

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Cucumis leiospermus (Wight & Arn.) Ghebret. & Thulin (Images by a tourist given to Susanne Renner (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links))

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Cucumis maderaspatanus L. (Images by (P.Chitralekha– validation by Nidhan Singh) & Raghu Ananth & Others (For more photos & complete details, click on the links))

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Cucumis melo L. subsp. agrestis (Naudin) Pangalo var. agrestis Naudin (Images by Gurcharan Singh & (Nidhan Singh – validation by Gurcharan Singh) & others (For more photos & complete details, click on the links))

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Cucumis melo L. subsp. melo (Images by Gurcharan Singh & (Karuna Kanta Das – Id by Gurcharan Singh), (For more photos & complete details, click on the links))

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Cucumis melo L. subsp. melo (Images by Mani Nair, AartiKhale (Id by ) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links))

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As per efi thread: Cultivated melons come in a large range of forms, but are grouped into three main groups:

1. Group cantapaulensis: Cantaloupes having variety of skin forms but with non-netted thick skin and yellowish-orange flesh with distinct aroma.
2. Group inodorous: Smooth thin skinned melons with white or greenish flesh without strong aroma.
3. Group reticulatus: distinctly netted skin and lighter coloured flesh

Cucumis ritchiei (C.B.Clarke) Ghebret. & Thulin (Images by Sushant More – validation by Susanne Renner)

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Cucumis sativus L. (Images by Gurcharan Singh & Nidhan Singh, (For more photos & complete details, click on the links))

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Cucumis sativus L. (Images by Gurcharan Singh (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more photos & complete details, click on the links))

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Cucumis setosus Cogn. (Images by Arun Pandey (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links)) 

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Cucumis silentvalleyi (Manilal, T.Sabu & P.Mathew) Ghebret. & Thulin (Images by Susanne Renner (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links)) 

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The Cucurbitaceae of India: Accepted names, synonyms, geographic distribution, and information on images and DNA sequences by Susanne S. Renner, Arun K. Pandey. (2013)-

Accepted names:
Cucumis hystrix Chakrav.
Cucumis indicus Ghebretinsae & Thulin (replacement name for Melothria ritchiei Chakrav., J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 50(4): 898, fig. A–K. 1952.)
Cucumis javanicus (Miq.) Ghebretinsae & Thulin
Cucumis leiospermus (Wight & Arn.) Ghebretinsae & Thulin
Cucumis maderaspatanus L.
Cucumis melo L. 
Cucumis prophetarum L.
Cucumis ritchiei (C.B. Clarke) Ghebretinsae & Thulin
Cucumis sativus L.
Cucumis setosus Cogn.
Cucumis silentvalleyi (Manilal, T. Sabu & P.J. Mathew) Ghebretinsae & Thulin

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From Floral Database of Tamilnadu : 

Binomial Habit Notes References Distribution
Cucumis melo L.  var. melo  Creeper Plains,
Cultivated, Native of Tropical Africa
Flora of Tamil
Nadu, VOL. I, 1983
All districts
Cucumis melo L. var. utilissimus (Roxb.)  (syn. of of Cucumis melo L.) Herb Plains,
Cultivated, Native of Tropical Africa
Flora
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983
All
districts
Cucumis prophetarum L. Trailer  Dry
Localities
R.
Vijaya Sankar, 2007
Tiruvanna malai  
Cucumis sativus L. Climber Plains,
Cultivated, Native of Himalaya
Flora
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983
All
districts
Cucumis trigonus Roxb. syn. of of Cucumis melo L.) Herb Plains Flora
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983
All
districts

Botanical name Synonyms Family Common name
Cucumis maderaspatanus Mukia maderaspatana Cucurbitaceae Madras Pea Pumpkin
Cucumis melo ssp. agrestis Cucumis melo var. agrestis Cucurbitaceae Wild Melon
Cucumis melo Cucumis pubescens, Cucumis trigonus, Cucumis callosus Cucurbitaceae Melon
Cucumis sativus Cucurbitaceae Cucumber

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An Excursion Flora of Central Tamilnadu, India By K. M. Matthew (1995)- Details with keys-
Cucumis sativus &
Cucumis trigonus Roxb. (syn. of of Cucumis melo L.)

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Flora of Ranga Reddi District Andhra Pradesh, India By T. Pullaiah, M. Silar Mohammed (2000)- Details with keys-
Cucumis melo &
Cucumis trigonus Roxb. (syn. of of Cucumis melo L.)

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Flora of Davanagere District, Karnataka, India By B. K. Manjunatha, V. Krishna, T. Pullaiah (2004)- Details with keys-

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Cucumis : 2 posts by 2 authors.

I have updated efi page on Cucumis

Attempts have been made to incorporate most of the species available in India & nearby areas with details & keys directly or through links.

Any comments are welcome.


To me this updation for all the taxa you have done so far is a great task…easy links from various authentic sources are available on a single page…
Inputs from experts are, however awaited…


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The taxonomy of Indian Cucumis species has been greatly confused with the merger of most with Cucumis melo, or at the most Cucumis melo subsp. agrestris. It may help our database a lot if we are able to locate and upload these native species which are distinct entities although they may not be recognised as distinct in most recent treatments:
1. Cucumis callosus (Roettler) Cogn. in Engl., Pflanzenr. 88:129. 1924. Chakravarty, Monog. Ind. Cucurbit. in Rec. Bot. Surv. Ind. 17(1): 100. 1959.
2. Cucumis trigonus Roxb., Fl. Ind. 3:722. 1832.
3. Cucumis pubescens L., Sp. Pl. 4: 614 1805.
4. Cucumis momordica Roxb., Fl. Ind. 3:720. 1832.
It would be really helpful if any member can upload key separating these taxa given in any older book, their local names and differences.

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Pl. go through Cucumis (‎‎‎‎Cucurbitaceae) page with images of species (done mainly by …) in efloraofindia.

If you find any mis-identification, pl. let us know. If anybody can send images of other species of this genera (for incorporation in the website), if any, it will be really nice.
Also, if anybody is interested to take up the activity of inserting images on efloraofindia pages from efloraofindia posts, pl. let us know.


 

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