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Melothria pendula (creeping cucumber) fruit
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Subfamily: Cucurbitoideae
Tribe: Benincaseae
Genus: Melothria

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    • Cladosicyos Hook.f.
    • Corynosicyos F.Muell.
    • Cucumeropsis Naudin
    • Diclidostigma Kunze
    • Harlandia Hance
    • Landersia Macfad.
    • Melancium Naudin
    • Posadaea Cogn.

Melothria is a genus of flowering plants in the family Cucurbitaceae, native to the Americas from the United States to Argentina, and with some introductions in Africa and elsewhere. A number of Old World species formerly in Melothria were reassigned to Cucumis.[3]


Currently accepted species include:[2]


  1. ^ Sp. Pl.: 35 (1753)
  2. ^ a b "Melothria L." Plants of the World Online. Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 2017. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  3. ^ Schaefer, Hanno (2007). "Cucumis (Cucurbitaceae) must include Cucumella, Dicoelospermum, Mukia, Myrmecosicyos, and Oreosyce: A recircumscription based on nuclear and plastid DNA data". Blumea - Biodiversity, Evolution and Biogeography of Plants. 52: 165–177. doi:10.3767/000651907X612427.