Cucumis setosus Cogn., Monogr. Phan. 3: 491 1881. ;
Attached are a couple photos of Cucumis setosus from Gujarat, taken by Professor Arun Pandey. 5 images.
Mukia maderaspatana : 10 posts by 7 authors. Attachments (4)
Is it Mukia maderaspatana ?
Local marathi name: Dongar mekha
Fruits are edible
Photographed at Kanakeshwar,Alibag
…, I am not able to make out the size of fruit in the photo.
M. maderaspatana fruit is almost the same size as its flower, and that is just about a centimetre (it is about 8 – 9 mm). In other words, it is pea sized.
Looks like Cucumis.
It is the Wild Cucumber [Cucumis trigonis] locally called Karit / Davderi.
it is Cucumis setosus fruits having setose hairs
In Cucumis setosus the fruit are about 1.5 cms long by 1 cm broad [and look like ‘Garlic Pearls’] whereas in Cucumis trigonis [Cucumis melo subsp. agrestis] the fruit are much larger [and look like an ‘egg’].
I therefore feel that … plant is the latter.
Cucumis sativus L. Syn : Cucumis setosus Cogn. looks close.
Wild, native and little known species
Cucumis setosus Cogn. in Monographiae Phanerogamarum 3: 491. 1881.
Picture taken at Pasarani Ghat (Wai Taluka)
Distribution Maharashtra and West M. P.
One of the underutilized fruit vegetable. [Biodiversity in horticultural crop.vol.1 By K.V. Peter, Z. Abraham]
On the occurrence, distribution and taxonomy of Cucumis setosus Cogn., an endemic wild edible vegetable from India– K. Joseph John , R. Khedasana, V. A. Muhammed Nissar, Sheen Scariah, Shrikant Sutar, S. R. Rao, M. Abdul Nizar, M. Latha, S. R. Yadav and 1 more – Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution February 2014, Volume 61, Issue 2, pp 345-355 (Abstract – Cucumis setosus Cogn. is a rare, endemic, wild gathered or semi-domesticated vegetable restricted to Maharashtra state and border districts of adjoining states in India. Herbarium and literature survey shows that it is poorly collected and inadequately studied. Morphological characters, basic chromosome number and crossability barriers indicate that Cucumis setosus is a valid species, distinct from C. sativus and endemic to western India. Its morphology, basic cytology, crossability relationship with other Cucumis species, taxonomy, distribution, ecology, conservation, economic importance and viability under cultivation are discussed. Besides, a key to distinguish it from C. sativus var. hardwickii (wild and feral form of C. sativus) and other species having sympatric distribution in the area is also presented. Absence of bitter principle in the fruits makes it a potential germplasm for melon and cucumber improvement as well as direct domestication as a future crop).
India Biodiversity Portal GBIF Biodiversity in Horticultural Crops By K. V. Peter, Z. Abraham (2007- Details) Biosystematic Monograph of the Genus Cucumis (Cucurbitaceae): Botanical …By Joseph H. Kirkbride (1993)