Plants of the Castlemaine District
Paddymelon - introduced (*Cucumis myriocarpus )
Other names: Prickly Paddymelon.
Family: Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber family).
Native of South Africa.
Occurrence: Widespread grassland weed in northern Victoria.
- it is a prostrate vine with slender stems
- the flowers are yellow and with five petals
- the tendrils are undivided
- the leaves are deeply 5 lobed, and some lobes are further divided
- the fruit are round and 2-3 cm in diameter, with dark and light green stripes, and with long soft
The fruit are poisonous. Paddymelon is widespread in the inland areas of Australia.
Similar species: Bitter Melon (Citrullus lanatus var lanatus) has much larger fruit (to tennis ball size or larger), and which are smooth-skinned.
Watermelon is Citullus lanatus var caffer.
Photos: Moonlight Creek flat. 1: Leaves, flowers and fruit. 2: It is a prostrate plant.